ENERGY STAR Refrigerators

ENERGY STAR Refrigerators can save electricity and money. One of the largest consumers of electricity in the home is the refrigerator. It will account for 9% to 15% of a household's total electric consumption. This appliance operates 365 days a year. The efficiency of this appliance has vastly improved over the past 10-15 years due to better insulation, weatherstripping, better controls, larger coils and more efficient motors.

ENERGY STAR Refrigerators have better than average efficiency. The most efficient models use less than 500 kWh of electricity per year.

Here are some way to cut your electric bills.

  • Find Energy Star rebates on qualified refrigerators. These refrigerators will cut your bills by about $165 over the life of the refrigerator.
  • If you have one of those old clunker refrigerators from the 1980s, an ENERGY STAR model will save you $100 annually on your electric bill. If it's one of those ancient refrigerators from the 1970s, you can save even more; around $200 per year.

Energy Star Refrigerator

Here is what to look for in a refrigerator when buying one

  • Look for an ENERGY STAR qualified model.
  • Use the ENERGYGUIDE label to compare the model's electric use to other similiar models.
  • Units with top-mounted freezers are more efficient than those with a bottom-mount or side-by-side unit. A top-mounted freezer type unit will use about 10%-25% less electricity than a bottom-mount and side-by-side models.
  • Those models that are 16-20 cubic feet are the most efficient. The larger the unit, the more electricity it is going to use.
  • Automatic ice makers and through-the-door dispenser units have higher electric consumption: around 14-20% more than those without these features. Additionally, an ice maker and through-the-door dispenser units will cost $75-250 more.

Be sure to check with your local utility to see if there are any appliance rebates available. Rebates will help defray some of the cost of higher efficiency refrigerators.

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