Refrigerator Energy Use Data
Energy use data for over 41,000 refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers has been compiled by D&R International, Ltd., for DOE from the Directory of Certified Refrigerators, Freezers, and Refrigerator Freezers published by the California Energy Commission (CEC) from 1979 to 1992 (no directory for 1991 was available).
This data is provided in several formats including Microsoft Excel. (5.0/95 and 2000), Microsoft Access. (97 and 2000), and comma delimited. The information for each model includes manufacture (for years available), brand, year of manufacture, model number, style (e.g., side-by-side, top freezer), defrost type, volume (fresh food compartment, freezer, and total), dimensions, kWh/year (low, high, and mean), date of the CEC directory, and the effective date of the appliance efficiency standard with which it complies.
The following files were compressed, or zipped, using WinZip 8.0.
The manufacturer is the company that built the appliance.
The brand name is the name that appears on the appliance and under which it is sold. In some cases, the brand name is the same as the manufacturer's name. In many cases, it is not. For a few years, the CEC directory did not list the manufacturer, just the brand name.
kWh/Year (Low, High, and Mean)
Many models include heaters designed to eliminate condensation around the doors in humid climates. Many models with such anti-sweat heaters include switches to turn the heaters off when not needed. The Low kWh/year and High kWh/year database fields represent the energy consumption of these models with the heaters switched off and on, respectively. The Mean kWh/year is the average of the high and low. Models with no entry in the low and high fields either have no anti-sweat heaters or the heaters cannot be switched off.