If it is about time to purchase another refrigerator, make sure you read this guest post. 5 Tips for Buying Energy Efficient Refrigerators offers great tips!
If you’re looking for ways to lower your electricity bill and do your part to help the environment, you may want to consider investing in an energy efficient fridge.
So how exactly do energy efficient refrigerators make a positive impact on you and the world around you? First, they reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), which is gas that absorbs and emits radiation into the atmosphere.
Another added perk of adding energy efficient refrigerators to your home or office: your food will stay colder! The colder the food, the longer the food lasts – a definite plus when it comes to making your grocery budget last. In addition, these more modern, efficient appliances often take up less physical space than old, bulky refrigerators do. Good for the environment, good for your wallet and good for the place you call home!
So, are you ready to take the first step toward owning more efficient, green appliances? Check out this handy dandy energy efficient refrigerator buying guide to help you select the brand that’s right for you.
1. Look for the Energy Star rating.
As you embark on finding the most energy efficient refrigerator within your price range, it’s important to pay close attention to whether it bears the ENERGY STAR rating. Energy Star rated appliances are required to use about 15% less energy than non-certified models. This seal of approval is a government-backed symbol for energy efficiency that is endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Avoid the Side-by-Side Units, aka Energy Hogs!
Did you know that side-by-side refrigerators actually use 10 to 15 % more energy than refrigerator-on-top, freezer-on- bottom appliances? Keep this fact in mind if you’re looking to maximize the energy efficiency on this purchase. Avoid side-by-side models if you can. The atmosphere will thank you!
3. Invest in a refrigerator that’s equipped with smart features.
Think your phone is the smartest thing around? The latest energy-efficient refrigerators may give your phone a run for its money. Some of these smart features include sensors that remind you when the door is open, “Smart Grid” technology that tracks energy use and remote temperature change abilities. And get this – there are even Whirlpool models with “6th Sense Live” technology that will actually send you a text when it’s time to change the water filter. Not too shabby!
4. Look for refrigerators with mini-doors.
Another energy-saving feature to look for is a mini-door. You can put your most-used items here, which means you don’t have to open the refrigerator doors as much. Less open doors = less energy spent!
5. Go for Manual Defrost and reduce your energy use by 40%!
If you really want to score in the energy reduction department, definitely avoid buying a refrigerator with automatic defrost capabilities. They use 40% more energy than refrigerators requiring manual defrost.
So there you have it – follow these 5 tips to find the energy efficient refrigerator that’s right for you, and for the environment!
–Tom Papageorge, CGEA Owner
Tom Papageorge owns Atherton Appliance and BSC Culinary. Tom is passionate about running two family-owned companies that have specialized in kitchen appliances and kitchen remodeling since 1956. He lives and works in Atherton, CA.