Home > Appliances > Choosing an Energy Saving Fridge or Freezer

Choosing an Energy Saving Fridge or Freezer

By: Anna Hinds BA (hons) - Updated: 21 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Fridge Freezers Energy Environmentally

There are dozens of fridge freezers on the market – and investing in an energy-efficient model isn’t just more environmentally friendly, it could also save you a packet. Here is our guide to choosing a new freezer or fridge.

Why do You Need an Energy-saving Fridge Freezer?

Your fridge/ freezer is one of the home’s hungriest consumers of energy. But if your fridge or freezer is more than 5 years old, chances are that it’s not running completely efficiently. Replace it with an energy-efficient model, and you’ll recover the cost within the next few years – because the new model will cut your electricity bills.

New fridge freezers are designed with energy efficiency in mind, so they are far more environmentally friendly than the 10-year-old hummer in your kitchen! While an old fridge-freezer could be costing you up to £150 per year in electricity, a new one could be as little as £13 per year. The potential savings are huge! To calculate the cost of a new fridge or freezer, check the label (see below) and multiply the annual kW usage by the cost of a kW (obtainable from your electricity supplier).

Understanding the Labels

A modern fridge-freezer with around 10 cubic litres of storage consumes around 300kW per year, and new legislation means that manufacturers have to declare its power usage on a label on the front of the model.

Ratings for the fridge or freezer (A++ - G) are determined according to power usage. A++ is the most environmentally friendly rating, because it means the model consumes the least power. Look at the label to see the exact power consumption for one year’s use (e.g. 349kW). On the label you’ll also see the cubic space inside the fridge. A larger fridge/freezer will cost more to run, so don’t buy one that’s bigger than you’ll need.

Using Your Fridge Freezer to Save Energy

It's a good idea to choose a model with a thermostat for fridge and freezer. Though these cost a little more money, the thermostat will enable you to keep a very close eye on the temperature. Instead of fluctuating within a range, the fridge or freezer will remain at the temperature that you've specified. You can control it during hot or cold weather to keep the food inside at the perfect temperature.

Because your fridge or freezer operates on a thermostat, it uses varying amounts of power during the day. If the outside temperature rises, the thermostat will detect this, and the cooling motor will ensure that your fridge or freezer maintains the correct temperature. (Fluctuations in outside temperature are a good reason to choose a fridge-freezer that allows you to select and monitor the internal temperature.) To reduce the power used by your fridge, you can fit a Savaplug, which was developed in conjunction with the government. This reduces power levels during times when your fridge is not actively cooling, and could also save you money on your electricity bills.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • StoringAndFreezing
    Re: How to Freeze Cakes and Baked Goods
    Mimi - Your Question:I have two large birthday cakes with traditional icing on and jam and sweet vanilla buttercream in…
    5 April 2017
  • Mimi
    Re: How to Freeze Cakes and Baked Goods
    I have two large birthday cakes with traditional icing on and jam and sweet vanilla buttercream in centre. Will it…
    2 April 2017
  • StoringAndFreezing
    Re: Defrosting Food Safely
    Helen - Your Question:How long after defrosting pre cooked chicken, can you then safely store it in the fridge before eating it?
    3 November 2016
  • Helen
    Re: Defrosting Food Safely
    How long after defrosting pre cooked chicken, can you then safely store it in the fridge before eating it?
    3 November 2016
  • StoringAndFreezing
    Re: Understanding 'Use By' Dates on Your Food
    Rod - Your Question:Hi. I have some stewing steak that is on its use by date which is today 11/10/16. I have just…
    12 October 2016
  • Rod
    Re: Understanding 'Use By' Dates on Your Food
    Hi. I have some stewing steak that is on its use by date which is today 11/10/16. I have just frozen it and would…
    11 October 2016
  • Eileen 20
    Re: Recipes for Cakes to Freeze
    Can I freeze carrot and walnut cake made with veg oil
    16 September 2016
  • StoringAndFreezing
    Re: What's The Best Way to Cook and Freeze Stew or Casserole?
    SC - Your Question:Does blending cooked food before freezing it compromise its nutritional…
    17 August 2016
  • StoringAndFreezing
    Re: How to Pickle Onions
    chappers - Your Question:I put two jars of pickled onions home made in the fridge on the23/12/15 I want to keep them till this christmas…
    14 June 2016
  • chappers
    Re: How to Pickle Onions
    i put two jars of pickled onions home made in the fridge on the23/12/15 i want to keep them till this christmas 25/12/16 is that ok please…
    12 June 2016
  • Further Reading...
    Our Most Popular...
    Add to my Yahoo!
    Add to Google
    Stumble this
    Add to Twitter
    Add To Facebook
    RSS feed
    You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the StoringAndFreezing website. Please read our Disclaimer.