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.
Refrigerators that have earned the ENERGY STAR are available in many popular configurations from brands including Arctic King, Beko, Electrolux, Frigidaire, GE, Haier, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, Whirlpool, Viking, and many more.
Slash your energy bills.
ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are about 9 percent more energy efficient than models that meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard.
Replace your old fridge for bigger savings.
An estimated 190 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers are currently in use in the United States. More than 69 million refrigerators are over 10 years old, costing consumers $4.9 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 more than $300 over the next 5 years.
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 nearly $700 million each year and 9 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 870,000 vehicles.
Current Specification Effective Date: September 15, 2014
Refrigerators originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in June 1996. ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are about 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?
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 $125 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 more than $60 a year in operating costs.
Recycle your old refrigerator.
If you buy a new refrigerator, be sure to recycle your old one. Many appliance retailers will pick up and recycle your old refrigerator when you purchase a new one.
Refrigerator Best Practices
Follow these guidelines to reduce the amount of energy your refrigerator uses:
- Set the appropriate temperature.
Keep your refrigerator at 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your fridge in a cool place.
Position your refrigerator away from a heat source such as an oven, a dishwasher, or direct sunlight from a window.
- Allow air circulation behind the fridge.
Leave a few inches between the wall and the refrigerator, and keep the condenser coils clean if you have an older model. Read the user’s manual to learn how to safely clean coils. Coil cleaning brushes can be purchased at most hardware stores.
- Check the door seals.
Make sure the refrigerator seals around the door are airtight. If not, replace them.
- Keep the door closed.
Minimize the amount of time the refrigerator door is open.
If you’ve got an old fridge, it’s time to flip it to a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator that saves energy and money and helps you do something good for the environment.
Thanks to recent improvements in insulation and compressors, new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators use much less energy than older models without sacrificing the design and features you want. In fact, replacing an old refrigerator with one that’s earned the ENERGY STAR could save you more than $300 over the next 5 years! Use the Flip Your Fridge calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll save.
And don’t forget to recycle!
If you have an old refrigerator in your basement or garage, you should recycle it. That old refrigerator could be costing you about $125 per year, plus you could save even more money with available recycling rebates.
So, Flip Your Fridge and save.
More information and resources to help you choose ENERGY STAR for your next refrigerator:
- OVERVIEW: Learn why an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator is right for you.
- SPECIFICATION: Find out what makes a refrigerator ENERGY STAR certified.
- BUYING GUIDANCE: Get helpful information to choose the right refrigerator and make your home more energy efficient.
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