My focus in this dissertation is on the ways the pursuit of energy efficiency improvements for domestic refrigerators intersects with and sometimes reinforces escalating demand for energy. My research suggests that the practice of pursuing energy efficiency improvements in refrigerators subordinates the issue of refrigerator energy consumption---what factors influence it, how and why it fluctuated historically, how to take it seriously---in pursuit of increased sales. The a priori assumption that consumers desire certain styles of refrigerator has become a compulsion to trade up. In evaluating the results of energy policies celebrating technical achievements without paying attention to the social dynamics which these regulations encounter is insufficient.In May of that year, CU tested sixteen side-by-side refrigerators and in August, seventeen compacts. ... more expensive and much larger side-by-side models are aquot;positioned as luxury appliances, they offer lots of frills a built-in ice and water dispensers, glass (not wire) shelves, ... Amana SZD27K 16.7 1, 464 $1, 490 ($1, 780) 88 $89 GE TA6SL 5.2 379 $285 73 $55 2* S 3.30 ffysur 4Al rournwXWf eosr $ AlWanbsp;...
|Title||:||Public Policies, Private Choices: Consumer Desire and the Practice of Energy Efficiency|
|Author||:||Reuben Alexander Deumling|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|