Energy Star Refrigerators are the right choice for Saving Money!

Energy Star Refrigerators

The refrigerator is the single biggest power consumer in most households. A typical refrigerator made around 1990 uses over 900 kilowatt hours per year—that’s the same amount of energy you would use by leaving a 1,250 watt hair dryer on for a month! And the older your refrigerator is, the more power it burns. Energy Star Refrigerators incorporate a number of advanced features to save energy while keeping your food fresh. To make a better refrigerator, manufacturers use:

• Better insulation • More efficient compressors • Improved heat transfer surfaces • More precise temperature and defrost mechanisms

With improved insulation, the compressor needs to run less often. Since the compressor runs less often and therefore produces less heat while it is running, the kitchen remains cooler. This in turn reduces the need to air condition as much to maintain the same comfort level. Energy Star® refrigerators must exceed minimum federal standards for energy consumption by at least 20%.

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Manual defrost refrigerators are not covered under the Energy Star® program, but are generally more efficient than automatic defrost refrigerators. Proper maintenance of manual defrost refrigerators is necessary to realize the energy savings. The Department of Energy offers tips on buying refrigerators and lowering the energy usage of your refrigerator.

How to Choose an Energy Efficient Refrigerator

One of the easiest things we can do to live a "greener" life is to replace our old, energy-consuming refrigerators with newer, Energy Star model.

The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy-eaters in the modern home. When it comes time to replace yours, remember the following tips so you can not only choose one of the best Energy Star Refrigerators for your personal budget and needs, but one that helps reduce your carbon footprint as well. While most of today's refrigerators are certainly more efficient than your existing model, some make for better choices than others. Here are some things to look for.

Step 1: The Energy Star Label Purchase only a new refrigerator that has the Energy Star Energy Guide label on it. These models adhere to strict government mandates for energy conservation. Purchasing a lower-priced refrigerator that doesn't have the Energy Star label could result in nearly double the electricity use of a model that does have it.

Step 2: Choose from among top-freezer refrigerators. While side-by-side models and bottom-freezer fridges may appear more modern and fashionable, they use approximately 55 percent more electricity than a refrigerator with a top-freezer compartment.

According to the August 2002 Consumer Reports, the average electricity consumption of these models were:

Top-freezer models: 469 kWh/yr Bottom-freezer models: 521 kWh/yr Side-by-side models: 683 kWh/yr

Step 3: If given the option of an in-door or automatic ice maker, refuse it. Not only do these devices take away from your inner storage space, but they increase your refrigerator's energy consumption by up to 20 percent in some models. Plus, by refusing this convenience you'll save between $80 and $245 on the price of your new refrigerator.

Guidelines on how to reduce energy and save money

Energy Star Refrigerators - Best Practices