Thanks to recent improvements in insulation and compressors, today's refrigerators use much less energy than older models. With an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can maximize your energy and dollar savings without sacrificing the features you want.Slash your energy bills.
ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are about 9-10 percent more energy efficient than models that meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard.
Replace your old fridge for bigger savings.
An estimated 170 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers are currently in use in the United States. More than 60 million refrigerators are over 10 years old, costing consumers $4.7 billion a year in energy costs. By properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can save between $35–$300 on energy costs over its lifetime. Use the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator to find out exactly how much money you'll save by replacing your existing refrigerator.
Protect the environment.
ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators use less energy and help us reduce our impact on the environment. If all refrigerators sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $400 million each year and 8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from 750,000 vehicles.
Current Specification Effective Date: September 15, 2014
Refrigerators originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in June 1996. ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are 9 percent more energy efficient than models that meet the federal minimum standard for energy efficiency.
What else should I look for when buying a refrigerator?
Ask for an ENERGY STAR model.
When buying a refrigerator, request an ENERGY STAR certified model to ensure it is energy efficient.
Check the yellow EnergyGuide label.
Use this label to determine the model's energy use, compare the energy use of similar models, and estimate annual operating costs. Learn How to Use the EnergyGuide Label .
Consider buying a refrigerator with a top-mounted freezer.
A top-freezer refrigerator that has earned the ENERGY STAR uses less energy than a 60-watt light bulb.
Purchase an appropriately sized refrigerator.
Generally, the larger the refrigerator, the greater the energy consumption. The most energy-efficient models are typically 16-20 cubic feet.
Consider retiring the old refrigerator in your basement or garage.
Refrigerators over 10 years old could be costing you about $100 per year to run. If you need a second refrigerator year round, replace the old one with a new ENERGY STAR certified unit and save about $40 a year in operating costs.
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