Scope of Energy Test Procedures for Refrigeration Products Broadened
The Department of Energy has issued a final rule that classifies a variety of refrigeration products that include one or more compartments that maintain higher temperatures than typical refrigerator compartments, such as wine chillers and beverage coolers, as covered products under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. In addition, the DOE has amended or established certain definitions related to these products and adopted energy test procedures for certain classes of miscellaneous refrigeration products. The procedures are based on a December 2014 proposal along with additional feedback provided as part of a negotiated rulemaking effort. The test procedures follow the same general methodology as those currently in place for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers.
While the final rule is effective Aug. 17, the energy test procedure changes will be mandatory for representations of energy use starting Jan 16, 2017.