Everyone who has bought an appliance in the last twenty years has seen an energy star rating, but what does it mean for an appliance to have an energy star rating? Why choose an energy star refrigerator over an unrated refrigerator?
Energy star ratings on refrigerators means that the refrigerator utilizes at least twenty percent less energy than the average refrigerator to run. These refrigerators are constructed to use energy more efficiently, with less waste.
water dispenser bottle Quite often people buy appliances like refrigerators, considering how they run when they purchase them but not reconsidering after years of using the appliance. Many people still have refrigerators from the 1980s that are not energy efficient, some of them can add up to a hundred dollars to yearly utility bills by switching to a new, energy star refrigerator.
There are some features that new refrigerators can have that impact on how energy efficient they are. Ice machines are a nice add-on feature for a refrigerator but they are very inefficient and add to how much energy the refrigerator uses.
The way a refrigerator is constructed also impacts how much energy is required to effectively keep food at the proper temperatures. Many people like refrigerators with the freezer side by side with the refrigerator, as well as the freezer below the refrigerator however they are not as efficient as freezer on top models.
Temperature controls are another consideration, newer design advances in temperature control mechanisms can have a large impact on fuel efficiency. Many refrigerator companies have also found ways to redesign drawers to enhance refrigeration.
There are many companies worldwide who make refrigerators, not all new refrigerators meet the qualifications to be considered energy star refrigerators. Choosing the right refrigerator for you should include considering how much of an impact on your energy use and utility bills you would prefer your new refrigerator to have. For years my family kept using the old refrigerator that my parents had bought in the early 1980s, saying it would be time to get a new one when it broke. They reconsidered and decided to get a newer, energy star model when they found out the old one was costing more to keep than it would be to replace.
My parents told other family members about the decrease in expenses by switching to a newer refrigerators, and many other family members also chose to buy newer refrigerators. Most people are so busy, they don’t consider how they can lower their expenses through making a purchase until someone else does it.