More than a few Montanans own separate refrigerators and freezers for storing game or even a side of beef, not to mention a monthly trip to Costco. If you're in the market for new appliances in 2024, you may notice the models offered are different than those you might have seen last year.

New efficiency regulations were set right at the end of 2023, according to Bloomberg Law, and they affect not only refrigerators, but refrigerator-freezers, and freezers, too.

Not the first energy update: In 2023, incandescent lights were banned. That means the lightbulbs you might use in your house and even your Christmas lights if purchased new, will likely be LED because they are more energy efficient.

-Incandescent lights vs LED lights
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Now, these energy efficiency updates are expanding to other common appliances.

Why Are There New Regulations for Refrigerators?

Bloomberg Law points out that standards for energy efficiency have not "been updated in over a decade" and refers to a press release that says there will be cost savings for the consumer.

Who Influenced These Changes?

Bloomberg Law says multiple groups influenced the changes.

The [energy] department adopted a recommendation offered in September by the Association of Home Appliance Manufactueres (AHAM) and a group of environmental organizations and efficiency advocates.-


Do I Have to Buy a New Refrigerator?

No, this affects the types of refrigerators and freezers that will be sold. Some people have wondered if investing in energy-efficient appliances can be a tax write-off. The answer: not likely. The energy company benefyd explains, "Smaller household appliances like energy-efficient refrigerators or washing machines might not qualify for tax credits," but they do say to be on the lookout for rebates.

That being said, if you have an older refrigerator or freezer, buying a new one may save you money in the long run on your utility bills, according to an article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, because it will use less energy.

For more information about how the efficiency rules will change appliances, read more at Bloomberg Law or read the final rule from the Department of Energy.

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