According to Energy Star, the refrigerator is the single biggest energy consuming appliance in the kitchen for most households. Furthermore, replacing a 1990 model refrigerator with an Energy Star one would save enough energy to light the house for four months. If you’re looking to replace your outdated refrigerator with a new one, there’s no better time than now to begin reaping the benefits. Here’s some information on commercial and residential Energy Star refrigerators, as well as some tips from the Energy Star program on how to reduce energy usage, no matter what kind of refrigerator you have. And before taking your new purchase home, remember to recycle your old refrigerator!
Energy Star Labeled Commercial Refrigerator
For your restaurant, catering business, or other use, here’s how an Energy Star commercial refrigerator manages to have energy savings of up to 45%. With energy savings this big, the product will pay for itself in just over a year. Energy Star labeled commercial refrigerators have:
Energy Star Labeled Residential Refrigerator
For everyday home use, energy star refrigerators are practical and functional. They use 15% less energy than required by current federal standards, and 40% less energy than conventional 2001 models. These products maintain increased energy savings using high-efficiency compressors, improved insulation, and more precise temperature and defrost mechanisms.
Energy Saving Tips from Energy Star
To keep your refrigerator functioning with as little energy waste as possible, there are several measures you can take. To prevent cold air from escaping, minimize the amount of time the refrigerator door is open and make sure the door seals are airtight. Also, large appliances function more economically when they’re not positioned beside one another. Keep your refrigerator away from a heat source or direct sunlight. Temperatures of 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for the refrigerator, while the freezer should remain at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, leave a space between the refrigerator and the wall or cabinet to let air circulate around condenser coils.
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