Energy Star Refrigerators & Freezers

The largest appliance in the home is often also the biggest energy draw. Refrigerators and freezers require constant power, with their compressors capable of running any time during the day or night. By choosing an Energy Star approved model, like Hotpoint fridges from Tesco, homeowners can save electricity as well as unnecessary wear and tear on refrigeration components.

Energy Efficient Refrigerators with Energy Star Approved Ratings

Refrigerators with the Energy Star logo use at least 20% less energy than the current Federal minimum standards for energy consumption. Energy Star freezers must meet a requirement of at least 10%. For models manufactured prior to the mid 90's, these figures can more than double in terms of energy efficiency.

Because the refrigerator is usually the single biggest consumer of electricity in the household, much has been done in recent years to make them drastically more energy efficient. Most Energy Star models include through-the-door ice makers, allowing for less opening and closing of the freezer doors which results in less compressor operation time. Automatic ice makers are favored over manual ice making methods for the same reason - the door is open half as much.

Energy Saving Tips - Energy Star Refrigerators and Freezers Installing your refrigerator/freezer out of direct window sunlight and away from heat sources such as your oven, dishwasher or heating vents can lead to substantial energy savings over time.

It's also been determined that side-by-side mounted refrigerator & freezer doors use more energy than models with a top/bottom design. More energy is lost by constant opening and closing of refrigerator doors than from anything else having to do with the appliance.

As technology has improved over the years, the automatic thermostats available for most fridges have improved as well. These self-regulating devices can be set to exact minimum temperatures needed to keep food cold, without unnecessarily wasteful overcooling. The Department of Energy yellow label has given consumers hard statistics on how much it costs to run each unit, and at what temperatures. Manufacturers have been required to provide certain information as well, and not a refrigerator is sold today that doesn't tell the owner the suggested or recommended settings. Additionally, the built-in heaters traditionally used to prevent condensation have also been made more efficient. In some cases, these units can be eliminated altogether depending upon the make and model of the fridge.

Energy Star takes several things into consideration when examining the efficiency of a refrigerator or freezer, but most important of all is overall energy draw. Better insulated models with superior door seals and gaskets will hold lower temperatures longer before the refrigeration unit kicks in. Automatic defrost is another important feature in determining energy savings. Ice buildup on refrigeration coils causes longer energy draws on the compressor and if left unchecked can waste huge amounts of electricity. Refrigerators that can rectify this problem themselves have a definite advantage over similar models that do not.

Check Energy Guide Labels Before Buying a Refrigerator or Freezer

It may seem almost unnecessary to say these days, but anyone shopping for a major appliance such as a freezer or refrigerator should be paying close attention to the yellow Energy Guide labels affixed to the side of each one. Such important figures as annual operating electricity costs will give you a good idea as to which models are more efficient than others. Total cubic feet should be compared to energy draw, and money-savvy consumers should try not to buy more of a fridge than they need. In the end, only the models displaying the Energy Star blue seal have met the Federal standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Manufacturers List for Energy Star Refrigerators/Freezers

Refrigerators meeting the Energy Star standards come in all different sizes and from all types of manufactures. The list below shows some of these major manufacturers and is not all-inclusive. It's best to check with each refrigerator's manufacturer for the most current information on Energy Star selected models, as well as their features.

General Electric
- 5 models
- 18 models
- 4 models
- 6 models
- 2 models
- 11 models
- 2 models
- 16 models
- 6 models
- 26 models
- 8 models
- 1 model
- 29 models
- 20 models
- 8 models
- 11 models
- 46 models
- 18 models
- 3 models
- 22 models
LG Electronics
Sub Zero, Inc.
- 69 models
- 38 models
- 17 models
- 22 models
- 30 models
- 26 models
- 12 models
- 9 models
- 23 models
- 21 models
- 4 models
- 5 models
- 9 models
- 12 models
- 9 models
- 8 models
- 6 models
- 58 models
- 25 models

Energy Star Rebates and Tax Credit Qualifications

Check by Zip Code for Rebates & Tax Credits through Energy Star Appliances

To promote green building and energy conservation, the US Department of Energy and the EPA have encouraged both a Federal and state rebate program for homeowners who buy Energy Star rated products. Either a percentage of your appliance purchase or a flat amount of cash back are both offered, as well as substantial tax credits that add up to big savings. Enter your zip code into the link above to find out what incentives are available from your region or even your utility company.

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