The refrigerator is perhaps the most important electrical appliance in your home. Your refrigerator usually runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This adds up to a lot of power consumption. Your refrigerator could be consuming anything from 300 to 900 Kilowatt hours every year, depending on its size and age. The astonishing part is that within six to ten years of using this refrigerator, your electricity bills could add up to the cost of the refrigerator itself. Thus, it is crucial to buy an efficient, cost-saving refrigerator.
Thankfully, with the recent insulation and compressor improvements, today's refrigerators use much less energy than older models. With an Energy Star refrigerator, you can maximize your energy and dollar savings without sacrificing the refrigerator features you want. An Energy Star qualified refrigerator utilizes at least twenty percent less energy than an average refrigerator. This, in monetary terms, translates to about $50 to $170 a year. A highly-efficient refrigerator is a great investment in the long run.
Sometimes a refrigerator's efficiency depends on its design. For example, a high efficiency rating on a two-door fridge with a freezer on top is the most energy efficient refrigerator design. A side-by-side refrigerator design is the least energy efficient. As far as freezers go, chest freezers, which open from the top, are the most efficient independent freezers. The only drawback is that this design is inconvenient.
Maintaining your refrigerator will keep it energy efficient. Keep a sufficient amount of space around the sides of your refrigerator. Keeping space around your refrigerator, and away from other household furniture, will help to keep the refrigerator's temperatures down. Also, keep your refrigerator in a cool area, away from direct sunlight. Be sure to defrost the refrigerator every few months and make sure the doors are always tightly sealed!