In these difficult financial times, and with a growing need to be kinder to the -environment, many of us are looking for ways to save energy. One way to do this is to buy energy efficient appliances, such as an energy efficient kettle or fridge. Here we take a look at some top energy efficient fridges.
What Makes a Fridge Energy Efficient?
Obviously the effect you are looking for in an energy efficient refrigerator is that it uses less electricity than a standard refrigerator. One big way that manufacturers are doing this is by adding in extra insulation, as this prevents heat from getting into the refrigerator. However, this can reduce the storage space inside the fridge, requiring you to buy a larger appliance for the same storage space.
This is an under-counter fridge with a small capacity of just 3.9 cubic feet for the main fridge section and 0.5 cubic feet for the tiny freezer section. Great for someone living alone, it uses just 140 kWh of energy per year, produces only 75.82 kg of carbon dioxide per year, and costs £20.02 per year to run (or £5.13 per cubic foot).
This small upright fridge is about double the size of the under-counter fridge shown above, with a capacity of 7.8 cubic feet and 0.9 cubic feet for the fridge and freezer sections respectively. It uses more energy at 215 kWh per year, but produces less carbon dioxide at 116.44 kg per year. It costs £30.75 per year to run, although this is only £3.53 per cubic foot.
This is another upright fridge of a similar capacity. However, it is more energy efficient. It uses only 171.5 kWh per year of electricity, produces only 92.88 kg of carbon dioxide per year, and costs only £24.52 per year to run, which works out at just £2.85 per cubic foot.
This is a much larger upright fridge, with a capacity of 12.7 cubic feet for the main fridge section and 1 cubic foot for the small freezer section. This is less energy efficient than the others we are featuring, with it using 288.4 kWh per year in energy, and it produces 156.2 kg of carbon dioxide per year. It costs £41.24 per year to run, although this works out at only £3.01 per cubic foot. It seems that the larger the fridge, the more difficult it is to conserve energy.
This small under-counter larder fridge is extremely energy efficient, being only 5.4 cubic feet and using only 94 kWk per year of energy. It produces just 50.91 kg of carbon dioxide per year, and costs only £13.44 per year to run.