My post How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen gave an overview of things to think about when creating an environmentally responsible kitchen.
But the individual elements of an eco-friendly kitchen each deserve their own post because there is so much to consider.
The first area of the eco-friendly kitchen that I want to dive into is appliances.
Because even within the efficient appliance realm there are a lot of options. And there should be!
In fact, there should be so many low energy options that there’s no longer any need for resource-greedy appliances.
First up in my energy efficient appliances series – the energy efficient fridge.
Are All Energy Star Rated Refrigerators Created Equal?
Much of the information gathered for this post and for the other posts in this series comes from the Energy Star website, which is a fantastic resource, but it contains A LOT of information and can feel a bit overwhelming. My goal for this series is to share the most relevant information and provide examples of affordable, energy efficient appliances in a variety of styles.
So you can do less research and more treehugging.
The Energy Star website offers a yearly “Most Efficient” list, which recognizes the best of the best. This designation proves that simply buying an Energy Star rated appliance doesn’t mean you’re buying the most efficient option. All Energy Star rated appliances are not created equal.
Note that this post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click on a link and make a purchase a small percentage of the sale goes to yours truly. Please know that I only link to products that are good for the earth, good for the soul, or both!
5 of the Most Energy Efficient Fridges
In order for an electric refrigerator or refrigerator-freezer to be Energy Star certified, it needs to be less than 39 cubic feet in size and use 10% less energy than the minimum federal efficiency standards. Generally, the smaller a fridge, the less energy it’s going to use. Energy Star recommends models in the 16-20 cubic feet range. Refrigerator-freezer combos with the freezer on top also tend to be more efficient than those with the freezer on the bottom or the side.
Here are five Energy Star rated refrigerators from the Energy Star Most Efficient 2019 – Medium, Large, and X-Large Refrigerators list. Note that the Energy Star list includes fridges that have an estimated annual energy use ranging from 294 to 554 kwH.
I’ve selected models from this list in different styles, at various price points and have included some of the most well-known, easy-to-find brands.
Blomberg 24″ Bottom Freezer Refrigerator BRFB1044SS (302 kwH/year)
Danby 24″ Top Freezer Refrigerator DFF100C1BSLDB (330 kwH/year)
Frigidaire 28″ Top Freezer Refrigerator FFHT1514T (336 kwH/year)
Samsung 29″ Top Freezer Refrigerator RT18M62 (448 kwH/year)
LG 36″ Side-by-Side Refrigerator LSXC22436 (520 kwH/year)
Whether you chose an energy efficient fridge featured in this post, or go in a different direction – make sure you know the estimated annual energy consumption before you buy! If all refrigerators sold in the United States were Energy Star rated, it would prevent 9 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions.
And, save you a lot of money. Bonus!
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Posted on May 9, 2019