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Refrigerators and Efficiency - How to Shop for an Efficient Refrigerator

In the last few decades, the energy efficiency in refrigerators has increased by a large margin. Consumers are becoming more aware of how to save money and how their actions have a direct impact on the environment. This leads to a demand for refrigerator manufacturers to create models that are more efficient.

A typical refrigerator today uses less than 500 kWh per year compared to one in 1973 that used more than 1,800 kWh, according to an October 2005 article on aceee.org (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy).

Today, there are federal efficiency standards that refrigerator models must adhere to. Refrigerator models that exceed these standards by roughly 15% or more join the ranks of the ENERGY STAR status. Keep this in mind when you are shopping for a new refrigerator. Some manufacturers may provide models that are lower priced, but you can make up this savings with what you save on your monthly energy bill over a period of years.

High-efficiency appliances not only save you money over time, but they are also helpful to the environment. In simple terms, the efficient use of energy products reduces the pollution that is caused by energy production. It also reduces the amount of petroleum that we import, which in turn improves our economy right here at home.

Most full-size refrigerators will last much longer than 10 years – and that’s on the low end. When shopping for a new refrigerator, it is beneficial to purchase a model that exceeds the minimum efficiency requirement drawn out in the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987, which has been revised numerous times. It will save you money in the long run, increase our national economy and prevent pollution to our environment.

Make sure to look refrigerators and appliances tagged with the ENERGY STAR label next time you shop. A little bit of help from everyone makes a big difference overall.

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