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Energy Efficient Refigerator


Refrigerators use 7% of American's total electricity. They typically consume more electricity than any other appliance in your home accounting for up to $200 of your annual PG&E bill. New refrigerators make use of more efficient compressors, top and bottom freezer configurations and better insulation to help save energy and money. Use the Energy Guide rating to compare the annual operating costs of new models when you buy only consider a refrigerator with a rating in the bottom quarter of the scale. How can you get the most from your refrigerator?

  1. Give it plenty of breathing room, with coils on the back at least 4" away from the wall.
  2. Clean the coils so that it's easy for the heat exchanger to transfer the heat.
  3. Dop't set the temperature unnecessarily cold; fresh food keep at 37-42 degrees, frozen food at 0-5 degrees.


Be sure to get rid of your old refrigerator. Plugging it in "just in case" can cost you an extra $100 - $200 or more a year.


An average refrigerator made today uses only half the energy as one made in 1973. That means a quick payback for your up-front investment in a newer model.


Switching from an old refrigerator to a new one saves 1000 kilowatt-hours per year, eliminating 1.35 lb. of nitrous oxide and .37 lb. of sulfur dioxide from the environment.

For more information about energy efficient refrigerators visit the Department of Energy's ENERGY STAR(R) web site.