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Appliances Research

The Emerging Technology team conducts research into residential and commercial appliances. By partnering with industry, researchers, and other stakeholders, the Department of Energy acts as a catalyst in driving research in energy efficient technologies, with the goal of realizing 20% energy savings relative to a 2010 baseline. Appliance research focuses on refrigerators, washers, and dryers.

Refrigerators

Photo of a stainless steel refrigerator.Refrigerators have become substantially more energy efficient over the years, using less energy while also providing more space. While appliance standards for refrigerators have helped, continued research into new ways of improving refrigerators in the residential, commercial, and industrial spaces can help both consumers and businesses reduce their energy consumption and save money.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting research into cost-effective and energy efficient refrigerator technology. DOE projects related to refrigerators include the High Efficiency Low Emission Supermarket Refrigeration project.

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Washers and Dryers

Photo of a stainless steel washer and dryer.Washers and dryers, whether for commercial use or use at home, can consume large amounts of energy. New technologies and new ways of providing energy can help reduce energy consumption and make washers and dryers more efficient. Additionally, updated standards and test procedures ensure that appliances are following energy efficiency guidelines.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting research into cost-effective and energy efficient washers and dryers technology. DOE projects related to washers and dryers include the Heat Pump Laundry Dryer project.

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Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition

The Department of Energy has also initiated the Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition, a competition between collegiate teams nationwide to design and test appliances that can help reduce energy consumption.