Choose an efficient freezer
A stand-alone freezer can be one of the biggest energy consumers in your home, using more electricity annually than any other appliance except your refrigerator.
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.