Energy Consumption of Refrigerators in Ghana - Outcomes of Household Surveys

July 12, 2007 - 12:00pm
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As part of activities to develop refrigerator efficiency standards regulations in Ghana, a national survey on the energy consumption of refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers has been conducted. The survey covered 1000 households in urban, peri-urban and rural communities in various parts of the country.  The survey found that, on average, refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers in Ghana use almost three times what is allowed by minimum efficiency standards in the U.S., and a few refrigerators had energy use at levels almost ten times the U.S. standard.  Through the analysis of the survey results, a draft "Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling (Refrigerators and Refrigerator-Freezers) Regulations, 2007" has been prepared for the Government of Ghana to consider passing into law. The aim of this project is to use standards and labels as the main tool for transforming the refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers market in Ghana towards more energy efficient appliances and generate large electricity savings, as well as reduce the associated greenhouse gas emissions. The presentation discusses the outcomes and lessons learnt from the national survey. It also highlights on the potential benefits of enforcement of energy efficiency standards on refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers in Ghana, and recommends follow-up activities that need to be pursued.

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