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Shopping for a New, Energy Efficient Fridge

8 November 2012

“Yeah, my fridge is from 1980s, but it works, so why get a new one?”

An old fridge uses 3x more energy than a new Energy Star rated fridge. If your fridge is 20 years old or older, I would highly recommend getting a new one.  This is because you should keep in mind that you pay for a fridge every day it is plugged in the wall. So, just because a fridge is working, doesn’t mean it is working FOR you. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are buying a new fridge.

  • The smaller the better, look for something around 14 to 18 cubic feet.
  • Look for a top freezer vs. side. Models with top mounted freezers use 10-25% less energy than bottom-mount or side-by-side models.
  • Avoid the fancy stuff such as a through-the-door ice dispenser
  • Check out the yellow Energy Guide tag and aim for a fridge that uses 350 kWh a year or less.

Check out a list of Energy Star rated fridges and see how much you can save with this refrigerator retirement savings calculator from Energy Star

For more resources such as rebates -and to add it to your list of actions, visit the Energy Challenge upgrade your fridge action

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