Nelson, Eric. "More Stuff, Less Energy." Energy Efficiency
Wisconsin Energy Center Newsletter

Winter 2000, Volume 5, Number 1
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Compared to 1993, consumers are purchasing twice as many central air conditioners and four times as many room units. People are also buying more refrigerators than in previous years, and the units are bigger and have more features. Bigger doesn't necessarily mean more energy usage, however. "Refrigerators, for instance, are subject to federal minimum standards for efficiency," says Center project manager Richard Hasselman. Thanks to such standards – and voluntary efforts by manufacturers -- the appliances people shop for are more efficient than ever.