Buying a Refrigerator

When buying a new refrigerator, consider the following:

  • Low Annual Energy Use. Models that are 20%, 25% and 30% better than the federal standard may qualify for rebates — check with your local utility.
  • Choose top-mounted freezer configuration over side-by-side. Side-by-side refrigerator/freezers use more energy than similarly sized models with the freezer on top, even if they both carry the ENERGY STAR.
  • Refrigerators under 25 cubic feet should meet the needs of most households. The models over 25 cubic feet use significantly more energy.
  • Minimize multiple refrigerators. It is generally much more efficient to operate one big refrigerator rather than two smaller ones.
  • Recycle your old fridge. Be sure you dispose of your old refrigerator properly. Learn how by visiting the Local Resources in your area and looking through At the Curb.

You can find ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators by using the search here.
Learn more at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy