3. Q. REFRIGERATORS

  • Refrigerators that have earned the ENERGY STAR are about 9 percent more energy efficient than models that meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard.
    Source: U.S. EPA.
  • An ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator costs about $60 a year to run, on average.
    • An ENERGY STAR certified top-freezer refrigerator use about 360 kWh or $45 a year to run, on average.
    • An ENERGY STAR certified bottom freezer refrigerator use about 560 kWh or $70 a year to run, on average.
    • An ENERGY STAR certified side-by-side refrigerator use about 630 kWh or $77 a year to run, on average.
    Source: U.S. EPA.
  • A top-freezer refrigerator that has earned the ENERGY STAR uses less energy than a 60-watt light bulb.
    Source: U.S. EPA.
  • If you have an older refrigerator in your basement or garage, it could be costing you nearly $100 per year to run it.
    • If you only need extra food storage around the holidays or special events, only plug in the old refrigerator when needed. Keeping it unplugged 10 months of the year will save you nearly $80.
    • For families that 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.
    Source: U.S. EPA.

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Updated: September 2014