Flip Your Fridge to ENERGY STAR and Save!
Spring is here and it’s time for sprucing up things around the home. It’s also a great time to recycle your old energy-wasting refrigerator and replace it with a new ENERGY STAR certified model. You’ll save energy and money while helping protect our climate!
Did You Know?
An old refrigerator, on average, can use nearly twice as much energy as a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator. Replacing an old refrigerator with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR could save you more than $270 a year in utility costs over the next 5 years!
Protect the Planet
Replacing your old refrigerator with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR could reduce your carbon footprint by 8,600 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over the lifetime of the product. Plus, by properly recycling your old refrigerator, you can prevent the release of refrigerants and foams from getting into the environment, preventing even more greenhouse gas emissions.
Now’s a Great Time for Additional Savings
Many utility companies are now offering special rebates and incentives towards the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator. There may also be rebates available to help offset the costs associated with recycling your old refrigerator, so now is the perfect time to get rid of that second refrigerator in your basement or garage.
Find more information about rebates and offers in your area: www.energystar.gov/refrigeratorrebates
How to Choose the Best Refrigerator for You
Buying a new refrigerator can be challenging with so many cool features to choose from. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Use the ENERGY STAR Flip Your Fridge Calculator to find out how much money you’ll save by replacing your existing refrigerator.
- Decide what size is appropriate for your home and family. The larger the refrigerator, the greater the energy consumption.
- Consider which features are the most important to you so you’re only paying for what you will use.
- Find and compare ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators to get the best one for you and your family.
Why Choose ENERGY STAR?
Refrigerators that have earned the ENERGY STAR offer the latest performance and design features. Innovative drawer designs and improved temperature and humidity controls help preserve your food and minimize food waste.
You can find the ENERGY STAR label on the latest designs, including French door, Side-by-Side, Bottom- and Top-Mount freezer, with more efficient use of space and better access to food.
*Tip: Top freezer models tend to use the least energy of all refrigerator configurations ($45 per year), and are affordably priced.
Don’t Forget that Old Freezer
How old is your freezer? Improvements in insulation and compressors mean today’s freezers consume much less energy than older models. Replacing a freezer that is more than 15 years old with a new ENERGY STAR certified model can save $175 over the next five years and reduce your carbon footprint by 5,100 pounds over the lifetime of the freezer.
We Can All Make a Difference
If all old refrigerators were replaced with ENERGYSTAR certified refrigerators, Americans would save more than $800 million in annual energy costs, and prevent more than 14 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually, equivalent to the emissions from about 1.3 million vehicles!
So, Flip Your Fridge! It’s Cool for You & the Planet!
Visit www.energystar.gov/flipyourfridge for information on rebates and other special manufacturer offers.