High Efficiency Refrigerator

Refrigerators consume between 12% and 19% of all electricity in a typical Californian home. That means refrigerators typically use more electricity than any other single household appliance. The good news: refrigerators have become much more efficient in the past 20 years, using 60% less electricity on average than 20-year-old-models. Even better news: get a $75 rebate when you purchase a qualifying high efficiency model for your home or business.

Out with the old, in with the efficient

Replacing your 10-year-old refrigerator with a new high-efficiency model can:

  • Save you up to $30 per year on your electricity bill.
  • Conserve enough energy to light the average household for a month and half.
  • Prevent the release of an additional 100 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity per year.

How to Get Your Rebate

  • You must be a PG&E customer with an active electrical meter at the address where you’re installing the high-efficiency refrigerator.
  • The refrigerator must be a Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 3 Model. Review this list to find the latest qualifying models.


  • Not all ENERGY STAR® refrigerators qualify for this rebate. Be sure to consult this list to find the latest qualifying models.
  • Additionally, CEE Tier 1 and 2 models do not qualify.

PG&E’s 2012 refrigerator rebate program is available for qualifying products that are purchased and installed between April 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Rebate payment is not guaranteed as funds are limited and amounts and offerings are subject to change. All rebate program terms and conditions apply.

How to Apply

Sign Up Online: Sign up for My Energy and apply online with eRebates.
Mail in Your Application: Looking for a rebate code? Download our Residential Rebates List for more information, then download and print a Rebate Application.
For More Information: Contact the Smarter Energy Line at 1-800-933-9555 or email smarter-energy@pge.com.

Buyer’s Tips

See how much you’ll save by retiring your refrigerator. Use this ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator to get a better idea of the relative operating cost of your current model compared to a new ENERGY STAR qualified model.

Refrigerators with top-mounted freezers generally use 10%-25% less energy than refrigerators with either side-mounted or bottom-mounted freezers.

Consider skipping the ice-maker and dispenser, as these features increase energy usage by 14% - 20%. They also raise the purchase price by $75 to $250.

Still Want More?

Check out the following for even more energy saving information:

Other Rebates for our Residential Customers

Under California law, models of certain types of appliances, for example, refrigerators, dishwashers and clothes washers etc., must be certified to the California Energy Commission before being sold or offered for sale in the state. The Energy Commission maintains a database of those appliances, found at the following link: www.appliances.energy.ca.gov. Before purchasing this type of appliance, please consult the Energy Commission's database to see if the particular model of the appliance you want to buy is in the database. Not all products listed in this database are eligible for utility rebates as they do not all meet the higher energy performance requirements of the utility programs. Please refer to PG&E rebate applications to find energy saving products eligible for rebate.

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