Modernize your Kitchen with a Refrigerator Upgrade
Upgrading the refrigerator
could make a world of difference in your utility bill and help modernize the
kitchen. The refrigerator uses one sixth of all electricity in the home –
that’s the most of any home appliance.
Today’s refrigerators use
about 60 percent less electricity than the units from 20 years ago and they’ll
continue to pay for themselves as energy costs rise. If you have an old style, inefficient
refrigerator you, may be losing $300 a year in lost energy costs. But before
you start shopping around, consult the Energy Star database to
find the highest energy efficient models available.
The “fridge” comes in many
forms. From the mini-fridge you might see in the work place to the exclusive
and very posh French Door refrigerator. It has great storage space, a freezer in
the bottom rack, and qualifies as an Energy Star
In-between the low and high
end models is the side-by-side refrigerator. They call it that because the
freezer is on the side. It’s smaller than the French Door unit but it has many
of the same features, like an automatic ice-maker and water dispenser. It’s
also Energy Star efficient and medium priced.
With several choices
available, here are some guidelines to follow when searching for a smarter
- Refrigerators with a freezer on the bottom or top are the most energy efficient. They use approximately 16 percent less electricity than their counterparts.
- Through-the-door ice makers are convenient, but they use more electricity.
- Manuel defrost refrigerators use half the power of an automatic defrost unit. However, it must be defrosted regularly to remain energy efficient.
- Can’t decide on the size of the refrigerator? Compare each model’s energy guide and go from there.
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