MILWAUKEE (April 16, 2009) — As an increasing number of consumers demand “green” products, companies are responding with environmentally friendly solutions. To demonstrate our dedication to the environment, U-Line continues to produce the most efficient models possible. In addition to being ENERGY STAR rated, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) just awarded U-Line a Tier 3 rating – the highest energy efficiency rating available – for two of its refrigerator models.

Both the Échelon 2175R and Origins 1175R met the stringent criteria set forth by the CEE for this high rating. According to the CEE, a product that attains a Tier 3 rating is 30 percent more efficient than the federal standard.

Both refrigerators outperform the federal standard of 425 KwHr/yr to achieve the high rating. The 2175R runs at 246 KwHr/yr, meaning it costs a homeowner $26* a year to run the unit. The 1175R runs at 259 KwHr/yr, costing a homeowner $28* a year.

The 2175R is 24 inches in width and has a capacity of 5.7 cubic feet. It features automatic defrost and Touch Control Digital Technology that makes setting and seeing the temperature easy. The model is available in black, white, stainless steel, with an optional ¾ inch full overlay panel, or it accepts a ¼ inch insert door panel. The stainless steel model is deemed suitable for outdoor use by Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

The 1175R is also 24 inches in width with a capacity of 5.7 cubic feet. It features automatic defrost and a push button digital control. The model is available in black, white, stainless steel, or it accepts a ¼ inch insert door panel.

U-Line also produces two other ENERGY STAR rated refrigerators that have a CEE Tier 1 rating, which requires the product be 20 percent more efficient than the federal standard.

The Échelon 2115R, a 15 inch refrigerator with 3.3 cubic feet, runs at 304 KwHr/yr. The annual cost to a homeowner is $33* to run the unit. The refrigerator has automatic defrost and Touch Control Digital Technology. It is available in black, white, stainless steel, with an optional ¾ inch full overlay panel, or it accepts a ¼ inch insert door panel. Like the 2175R, the stainless steel model is deemed suitable for outdoor use by UL.

The Origins 29R runs at 312 KwHr/yr, costing a homeowner $34* to run it for one year. This is a 21-inch ADA unit with a capacity of 3.5 cubic feet. It has automatic defrost and a mechanical dial control. The unit is available in black, white, or it accepts a ¼ inch insert door panel.

U-Line also offers other energy efficient models. For example, the Échelon BI-2115 ice maker. Conserving water and electricity, this unit uses less than three gallons of water to produce and store up to 25 lbs of ice, and it requires less electricity than a 75-watt light bulb to do so. The BI-2115 is available in black, white, stainless steel, with an optional ¾ inch full overlay panel, or it accepts a ¼ inch insert door panel. Again, the stainless steel model is deemed suitable for outdoor use by UL.

For rebates on these and other ENERGY STAR products, please contact your local utilities company.

Since 1962, U-Line Corporation has been the leading innovator of premium built-in, undercounter ice makers, Combo® ice maker/refrigerators, Wine Captain® wine preservation appliances, refrigerators, refrigerated drawers and refrigerator/freezers. U-Line is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., and has a West Coast office in Laguna Beach, Calif.


*Annual cost is calculated under test conditions set forth by the Code of Federal Regulations to simulate average energy use.