Older refrigerators can use more electricity than any other home appliance, so upgrading to a new energy efficient refrigerator 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%