Is it worth it to upgrade to an energy efficient refrigerator? Can it save you money?
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).
Link to my discussion page What is the best refrigerator type? to see what others think. You can join the discussion.