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the U.S. government is on the verge of regulating ice makers commonly found in many refrigerators
Energy consumed by refrigerators as a whole has long been documented but not what the ice makers inside their freezers use individually.
government scientists have completed the ice maker study and the findings have been beautifully laid out in a 79-page report titled Energy Consumption of Automatic Ice Makers Installed in Domestic Refrigerators.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
This study was performed by the same clowns who published a study claiming that global warming caused mental illness. Just one more group within the government that should get the kibosh.
The measurements showed that only approximately one quarter of the energy used by a refrigerator to operate an automatic ice maker is actually used to freeze water into ice; the remaining three quarters is a result of using heaters to free the ice from the ice maker. The process of freeing ice from the molds may be accomplished by other, less energy intensive means; therefore, it is expected that introducing an ice making energy test will result in significant reductions of field energy use.
With only one-fourth of the extra energy actually used to cool and freeze water, "there are substantial opportunities for efficiency improvements merely by optimizing the operations of the heaters associated with the ice makers" or by introducing a more efficient alternative technology, report NIST mechanical engineer David Yashar and guest researcher Ki-Jung Park.*