Refrigerators

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.

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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 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 $4.4 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 $270 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.

Refrigerators and Freezers Key Product Criteria: ENERGY STAR

Learn How a Product Earns the Label

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 $110 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 $50 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.
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Now’s the Time to Flip Your Fridge and Save!

Got an old fridge? It’s time to flip it! Get rid of that old energy wasting refrigerator and replace it with a new ENERGY STAR certified model. Not only will you enjoy a new, state-of-the-art fridge, but you’ll also save energy and money while you do something good for the environment.

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.

And don’t forget to recycle!

By properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can save more than $270 over the next 5 years! Use the Flip Your Fridge calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll save.

If you have an old refrigerator in your basement or garage, you should recycle that one, too. Refrigerators over 10 years old could be costing you about $110 per year plus you could save even more money with available recycling rebates.

So, flip your fridge and save today –   cool for you and the planet.

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Pledge to flip your old fridge to an ENERGY STAR certified model and help save Americans more than $800 million in energy costs and prevent more than 14 billion lbs of greenhouse gases – equivalent to the emissions from more than 1 million vehicles.

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