How Do the Top Brands for Refrigerators Rank on Energy Efficiency?
Great article from Home Energy Magazine outline and graphically showing significant differences and efficiencies from various brands and locations. Great article and keeper.
Before jumping at the next sale on refrigerators, you should be aware that fridge energy costs range from $277 to as high as $2,898 over the lifetime of the product. Yes, you read that right. You may find, based on energy costs, it is cheaper to buy a state of the art new fridge than keep your old one. Just as MPG (miles per gallon) measures the fuel efficiency of cars, the Enervee Score ranks the energy efficiency of electronics and appliances by making it super easy to choose the best product with the highest score to save you money.
This report answers the following questions:
How much does an energy efficient fridge save? Choosing the most energy efficient 25 cubic feet Refrigerator can easily save $769 over 12 years.
What is the most energy efficient refrigerator type? Top freezer models are far more efficient then any other type.
Does size really make a difference on energy cost? The total volume of a refrigerator is a critical factor for energy consumption. The difference in energy cost between a smaller and a large fridge can be hundreds of dollars over the life span.
Which brands have the most energy efficient refrigerators? Samsung is the energy efficiency leader receiving the “Platinum” award based on having the highest average Enervee Score of 68 across their refrigerators. The “Gold” award was given to LG with an Enervee Score of 66.
Does where you live affect your refrigerator’s energy costs? Electricity rates vary greatly by provider and community. They can be as low as one third or as high as three times the national average.
How much can you save by choosing a fridge with higher Enervee Score? On a 18 – 22 cubic feet fridge you can save almost $800 over 12 years.
You can read more about Enervee here: “Know Your Score: Energy Efficiency Made Easy“