Energy Efficient Refrigerator

Is it worth it to upgrade to an energy efficient refrigerator? Can it save you money?

Refrigerator Costs

Is there savings by
upgrading your refrigerator?
Use this tool to compare
options!


Select your Electricity Price:
How old is your fridge?
What year was it made?

Does the fridge have
an ice maker?

What type of fridge?
What size is your Fridge?


$ per year
Your Refrigerator Cost!

Fridges are one of the appliances in your home that should be efficient. Why? Well, because they are on all the time.

For fridges, it is a little tricky to figure out the electricity usage. The fridge is always on, but the compressor is only on for about half the time (could be more or less depending on the cooling load and the temperature in the house).

My fridge uses between 200 kW and 300 kW of power. It is not really energy efficient but it was manufactured after 2000 so it is pretty good.

Use the calculator to the right to approximate your electricity usage. If you have an old fridge you will see that it is probably time to replace it (change the options in the calculator and you will see the difference in cost per year).

In addition, a lot of cities have programs where they will come pick up your old fridge at no cost (if the city doesn't come the scrap collectors would love to come get your old appliances).

Types of Refrigerators

  1. Bottom Freezer
  2. Top Freezer
  3. Side by Side
  4. French Door Refrigerator
  5. Compact Refrigerator
  6. Counter Height Refrigerator
  7. Drawer Refrigerator
  8. Freezerless Refrigerator


Join the discussion

Link to my discussion page What is the best refrigerator type? to see what others think. You can join the discussion.

Energy Efficient Refrigerator Brands

  1. LG
  2. Whirlpool
  3. GE
  4. Frigidaire
  5. Samsumg
  6. Kitchenaid
  7. Boelter
  8. Summit
  9. Danby
  10. Zuma

Ideas to keep Refrigerator Costs Down

  • Make sure the door closes tightly. Check the seals around the doors and make sure they are in good shape

  • Let food cool before putting in the freezer or fridge. This will save energy and prevents bacteria from forming on your food.

  • Clean the condenser coils on the back or bottom of the refrigerator. This will save energy and may prevent costly repairs.

  • Don't locate your refrigerator next to your oven or dishwasher. It will have to work harder to keep things cool.

  • Keep the freezer full but don't block the fans. It will require less energy to cool down after you open the door.

  • Buy a new energy efficient refrigerator

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