Covered Product Category: Residential Refrigerators

ENERGY STAR Qualified Products

FEMP provides acquisition guidance across a variety of product categories, including residential refrigerators, which are an ENERGY STAR®-qualified product category. Federal laws and executive orders mandate that agencies meet these efficiency requirements in all procurement and acquisition actions that are not specifically exempted by law.

Most manufacturers display the ENERGY STAR label on complying models. For a model not displaying this label, check the manufacturer's literature to determine if it meets the efficiency requirements outlined by ENERGY STAR.

This product category overview covers the following:

Performance Requirements for Federal Purchases

For the most up-to-date efficiency levels required by ENERGY STAR, look for the ENERGY STAR label or visit the ENERGY STAR Product Specifications website. For more information, contact the FEMP point of contact listed at the bottom of this page.

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Buying Energy-Efficient Refrigerators

When buying refrigerators from commercial sources, select products that are ENERGY STAR-qualified. Some manufacturers display the ENERGY STAR label on complying products. For products that do not display the ENERGY STAR label, check the annual energy use listed on the yellow EnergyGuide label.

The Federal supply sources for refrigerators are the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). GSA sells refrigerators through its Multiple Awards Schedules program and online shopping network, GSA Advantage! DLA offers them through the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia and online through DOD EMALL. Note that not all refrigerators sold by GSA and DLA are ENERGY STAR-qualified, and some that do qualify may not be indicated as such. When buying refrigerators through these sources, check models against the list of qualified products on the ENERGY STAR website.

These requirements apply to all forms of procurement, including guide and project specifications; construction, renovation, repair, energy service, operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts; lease agreements; and solicitations for offers. Energy performance requirements should be included in all evaluations of solicitation responses. Buyers shall insert the standard clause from FAR section 52.223-15 into contracts and solicitations that deliver, acquire, furnish, or specify energy-consuming products for use in Federal facilities. Agencies can claim an exception to these requirements through a written finding that no ENERGY STAR-qualified or FEMP-designated product is life-cycle cost effective for a specific application.

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Buyer Tips

Select a refrigerator size that is appropriate for the number of people and level of use in your office suite, household, etc. Choosing an oversized refrigerator will increase purchase costs and waste energy. Because side-by-side refrigerator-freezers and products with through-the-door ice typically use more energy than other models, Federal buyers should avoid these features.

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Estimating Energy and Cost Savings

FEMP plans to provide a cost-effectiveness example for this product category in FY 2012. For more information, contact the FEMP point of contact listed at the bottom of this page.

ENERGY STAR has an EXCEL-based cost calculator for refrigerators. To modify the utility price, click on "Savings Calculator-Consumer Residential Refrigerators," select the refrigerator type, and input the rate for electricity at the top of the page. The output section will automatically display results that better reflect your conditions.

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For More Information

Federal supply sources are the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). GSA sells products through its Multiple Awards Schedules and GSA Advantage! DLA offers products through the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia and DOD EMALL.

The following resources are available for additional information:

Amanda Sahl
Federal Energy Management Program
202-586-1662
amanda.sahl@ee.doe.gov

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory provided supporting analysis for this acquisition guidance.

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