What You Need to Know About Energy Star Refrigerators

An Energy Star refrigerator uses 20 percent less energy than a non-Energy Star model, so replacing a fridge from the 1980s would save you more than $100 each year on your utility bills.


| September/October 2010


Recent improvements in insulation and compressors mean today’s refrigerators use much less energy than older models. An Energy Star refrigerator uses 20 percent less energy than a non-Energy Star model, so replacing a fridge from the 1980s would save you more than $100 each year on your utility bills. Replace a fridge from the 1970s and save nearly $200! To find out how much money you’ll save by replacing your existing refrigerator, visit the Energy Star website and search “refrigerator retirement savings.”

Energy Star got some bad press this year when an  investigation revealed it had certified some not-so-green products. Program officials are working to fix the problems, and Energy Star remains a reliable source of efficiency information. Read more about it in editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence's blog, Natural Home Living.

Buying a refrigerator? Five things you need to know

1. Buy an Energy Star model. They use 20 percent less energy.



2. Check the yellow EnergyGuide label to compare the model’s energy use with similar models and estimate annual operating costs.

3. Models with top-mounted freezers use 10 to 25 percent less energy than bottom-mount or side-by-side models.








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