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How to Choose an Energy Efficient Fridge/Freezer

Updated on February 23, 2013

After central heating, refrigerators and freezers are the main domestic energy consumers, as they can be responsible for up to 20% of your electricity bill. Usually older fridges and freezers cost more to run than the new energy efficient appliances and can add up to $280 to your monthly utility bill. That’s why a new fridge freezer should definitely be considered if you are looking for ways to reduce your expenses.

When buying a new fridge freezer, the first thing you should look for is the Energy Star label. Energy Star is an international energy efficiency program and has a very strict list of guidelines that a product has to match in order to qualify for an Energy Star label.

The next thing you should pay attention to is the size of the fridge and the location of the freezer. Never buy a refrigerator that is too small or too large, because either it will be overworking or wasting energy. Also keep in mind that according to Energy Star, fridges that have a top-mounted freezer use 10 – 25% less energy than the bottom-mount or side-by-side models.

Some refrigerators have various energy saving features, like the open door alarm and water and ice dispenser. These appliances might initially cost more, but they can be very useful for some people and are definitely worth looking at.

To help you make your choice, here are some top-rated new energy efficient fridge freezers:

GE ENERGY STAR 18.0 Cu. Ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator

This model is a very good choice for those who are looking for a moderately spacious refrigerator with the total capacity of 18 cu ft, fresh food capacity of 12.93 cu ft, and freezer capacity of 5.09 cu ft. It’s Energy Star qualified, frost-free, has a top-mounted freezer and a lot of useful features, such as upfront temperature controls, spill proof freezer floor, NeverClean condenser, and Deluxe Quiet Design. It comes in steel colour with black handles and has rounded doors, which means that it will look good in any kitchen.

Avanti FFBM921PS Bottom MountFrost Free Freezer / Refrigerator

If you are looking for a smaller fridge freezer, then this Avanti model is a very good choice. It’s total capacity is 9.2 cu ft, with refrigerator section being 6.8 cu ft and freezer being 2.4 cu ft. It has Energy Star rating, full range temperature control, adjustable shelving, dual crispers, reversible doors and more. It also comes in a stylish black with platinum finish doors design.

Whirlpool Gold GD5NVAXSY (25.6 cu. ft.) Side by Side Refrigerator

This Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a larger appliance that comes from an extremely reputable manufacturer, has a lot of different features, and looks stylish. The total capacity of this refrigerator is 25.6 cu. ft., with 15.5 cu. ft. of fresh food compartment volume and 10.1 cu. ft freezer volume. It has excellent ConsumerReports.org energy efficiency rating, external dispenser, digital temperature controls, built-in water filter, spill proof shelves, and lots more.

The market offers hundreds of different energy efficient fridge freezer models that will suit everyone, from a single professional person to a large family. When choosing a fridge freezer, remember to pay attention to brand reliability, energy efficiency certificates and rating, volume, and have a look at the model's additional features.

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      Thanks, Susan! I wasn't sure which one to get myself. So I did my research, bought my fridge and wrote this Hub :)

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I bought my new refrigerator I wanted the freezer on the bottom but ended up getting the top mounted one. After reading your hub I'm glad I got the one I did. Great information here.

      Susan

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