Choose an ENERGY STAR freezer
Freezers that have earned the ENERGY STAR® certifcation use less energy and help reduce our impact on the environment. Cut your utility bills. ENERGY STAR Freezers are at least 10 percent more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard. The older the freezer, the higher your bills. Replacing your old freezer with an ENERGY STAR freezer could save you $195 over the next 5 years.
What to look for:
- ENERGY STAR® qualification. These units use up to 10% less energy than comparable non-qualified models.
- Consider various sizes and styles. Larger freezers generally cost more to operate, so think about your storage needs and buy the smallest model possible. Also, consider a chest freezer instead of an upright model. They allow less cold air to escape when you open them and are more energy efficient.
- Manual defrost models. These use about half the energy of automatic defrost models.
- The EnergyGuide label. Use it to compare models and estimate their operating costs.
Things to think about: Freezers have to work harder to keep food cold when the surrounding air is very warm. Consider placing your freezer in the basement instead of the garage, if possible.