Older refrigerators can use more electricity than any other home appliance, so an upgrade can mean real savings.
Unlike other appliances, refrigerators and freezers run all day and every day. That makes them a major consumer of energy, and also an area of opportunity. ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerators can save you $170 or more in electricity over their lifetime. They are on average 10% more efficient than standard models, and over 45% more efficient than those built 15 years ago.
What to Look for in a Refrigerator
First, determine the smallest size that works for your household—under 25 cu. ft. is sufficient for most. Then, choose a style, keeping in mind that this impacts efficiency. Fridges with top-mounted freezers are 10-25% more efficient than side-by-sides, and those with bottom-mounted freezers fall in the middle.
ENERGY STAR certified chest freezers are a good choice if you’re looking for a stand-alone freezer.
- A yellow EnergyGuide label helps you compare efficiency levels of ENERGY STAR refrigerators and freezers
- Choose a top-mounted freezer model for the highest efficiency
- Automatic icemakers and dispensers, though convenient, increase energy use by 10-15%