Choosing energy efficient refrigerators ...
Of all the white goods appliances in your home, fridges and freezers are the most energy hungry. They are switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
UK households use over £1.5 billion of electricity every year on cooling and freezing alone. So, if your fridge or freezer isn't energy efficient, it's costing you a lot more to run.
You might be tempted to buy the cheapest fridge in the store but once you get it home you'll realise how much money a cheap fridge actually costs you in higher energy bills. In contrast, energy efficient refrigerators use high efficiency compressors, better insulation, and more precise temperature and defrost systems to reduce the energy consumed by two thirds.
How much can you save with an energy efficient refrigerator?
Replacing your fridge and/or freezers with a modern energy efficient model could save you £35 a year running the freezer and £20 a year with an energy efficient refrigerator. A combined fridge-freezer that displays the Energy saving Recommended logo could save you up to £45 a year and help to prevent climate change.
How to find an energy efficient refrigerator
Like any modern low energy product or appliance, an energy efficient refrigerator will clearly display a rating of its efficiency. On white goods sold in the EU, this will be an EU energy label rating the appliance from A to G with A being the most efficient.
Another way of identifying an endorsed product is to look for the blue Energy Saving Recommended logo. This confirms that the product meets strict criteria set by the Government and Energy Saving Trust. It's your guarantee that the product will save energy, cost less to run and help the environment.
All retail outlets that sell white goods stock energy efficient refrigerators and freezers. A good tactic is to visit your local supplier, decide on which model you prefer and get it cheaper from a reputable online retailer. A list of energy saving fridges, freezers and suppliers can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website.
Tips to maximise the efficiency of your fridge and freezer
For most efficient use, keep your refrigerator and freezer filled. The food helps retain the cold in a full fridge so less cold air is lost when the door is opened.
Allow foods to cool before placing them in your fridge. It takes more energy to cool warm or hot food. For extra savings, cover foods and liquids as the moisture that's released by uncovered containers increases energy use during the defrost cycle.
Buy a fridge with a freezer on top rather than a side-by side unit as this uses up to 20% more energy.
Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly to keep it running at maximum efficiency.
Energy Saving Tip: Fit energy saving light bulbs - they will use around a quarter of the electricity and will last ten times longer than an ordinary lightbulb.