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 appliance.
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 refrigerator.
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