5 Things Your New Refrigerator Needs to Include

Looking for the right model now will save you loads of cash in the future

Is it time to upgrade your refrigerator? Making the right choice is essential if you want to earn the most savings. And you need to know certain qualifications before you decide to buy.  Consider the following tips to ensure you get the best energy efficient appliance your money:

Look for ENERGY STAR appliances

When buying a new appliance, you want to make sure it has an ENERGY STAR label. According to Energy.gov, The ENERGY STAR label ensures that the appliance exceeds the federal minimum standards for efficiency and quality. ENERGY STAR labeled appliances use 15 percent less energy than appliances without it.

Get the right measurement

The refrigerator you buy should be the perfect size when placing it in the kitchen to leave enough room. Leave one inch of clearance room around the refrigerator for proper airflow. You don’t want a refrigerator that is too large and has to squeeze into the space.  Larger refrigerators also consume more energy. The energy efficient models are usually 16 to 20 cubic feet. Running one large refrigerator will always save more energy than running two small refrigerators.

Energy Saving Switch

Most refrigerators have anti-sweat heating coils that are designed to keep frost from forming inside of the refrigerator and freezer.  However, automatically running these heating coils will increase your refrigerator’s energy consumption by as much as ten percent. Look for the “Energy Saving” switch that will turn the heating coils down or off.  If you do turn the heating coils off, be sure to manually remove frost from the inside of your freezer occasionally, because excess frost will also make your refrigerator run inefficiently.

Ice Maker

One way to save money while buying a refrigerator is to buy one without an ice maker. Buying an ice maker or water dispenser can increase a refrigerator energy usage by 14 to 20 percent.

Read the Energy Guide

Each refrigerator comes with a yellow and black Energy Guide. This guide compares the annual operating costs and the kilowatt per hours used each year.  Also keep in mind that the numbers on the guide are averages. The Energy Guide is a remarkably useful tool to compare different models and determine which model is the most energy efficient.


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