Encouraging the use of energy-efficient appliances requires that standards be introduced and that consumers are aware of energy efficiency. Several energy efficiency programs have been introduced in China to date, with mixed success.The China Green Lights program addresses two major barriers to reform, the high initial cost of efficient technologies and poor quality of some of the products manufactured in China. Screw-in compact fluorescent lights have been observed to fail very prematurely, negating the life cycle savings and losing consumer acceptance. The CFC-Free Energy-Efficient Refrigerator Project aims to improve the energy efficiency of Chinese refrigerators through a series of market-oriented measures for manufacturers and consumers. Quality assurance is of primary importance for energy efficiency incentive programs to be successful, an important lesson for designing similar programs for buildings.
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Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.