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Man shopping for a refrigerator in the store.

The refrigerator is a common and convenient workhorse in your home, operating 24/7 to keep your food cold and fresh. Maybe you prefer a model with the freezer on top or with a drawer on the bottom, but you probably don’t think too much about the amount of electricity it takes to keep it running continuously.

The EnergyGuide label and the ENERGY STAR label.

Ever wondered what the difference is between the EnergyGuide label and the ENERGY STAR label? For starters, one is yellow and one is blue, but there is more to it than that.

EnergyGuide Label

Who: Managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Purpose: Estimates annual energy use and operating cost of the product

How to spot it: Yellow sticker or tag found on product

What to Consider When Buying a Refrigerator

Buying a new refrigerator is a big decision. Not only is the refrigerator a centerpiece among your collection of kitchen appliances, it’s a gathering place for preparing family meals. You rely on it to keep your food fresh. Even when it becomes an eye sore (hello, avocado green!), or an energy hog that’s ratcheting up your energy bill, you might be inclined to put off replacing it. Besides, the moment you walk into a store or begin your online shopping, you will encounter seemingly endless decision points – from sizes and configurations to features and more. But the time is now.