A fridge is the single biggest power consumer in many households, because nearly all households have at least one fridge and they run for 24 hours a day. On average, 13 per cent of Victorian household energy costs are spent on running refrigeration.
The energy rating label helps you compare the energy efficiency and running costs of different fridges and freezers. Labels display a rating from 1 to 6 stars, but super-efficient models can receive 7 to 10 stars, with the additional stars displayed as a crown on top of the label. The more stars, the more energy efficient the fridge or freezer will be, and the lower the running costs.
Compare the energy efficiency of different models, using the star rating system, then use the numbers in the energy consumption box to find out the model's annual energy consumption. If you know your electricity tariff, you can then estimate what your annual running costs will be using the Energy Rating Calculator.
When it's time to buy a new fridge or freezer, replace your old one with the most energy efficient model that will suit your household's needs. Try to buy a two-door fridge with at least 2.5 stars, a chest freezer with at least 3 stars, or an upright freezer with at least 2.5 stars. Every extra star will reduce your running costs by around 20 per cent.
The table below provides estimated running costs for different types of fridges and freezers based on star rating and volume.
|Volume (litres)||Energy star rating||Annual running cost*||Energy use (kWh/yr)||Annual GHG emissions (kg)**|
|2-door frost-free fridge|
* Calculations assume an electricity tariff of 31.9c/kWh, based on a typical Melbourne tariff. This does not include any pay-on-time discount, which would reduce the amount paid.
** GHG = Greenhouse gas emissions, expressed in kg of carbon dioxide equivalent. A greenhouse coefficient of 1.18 kilograms per kilowatt hour of electricity has been used.
Regardless of the type of fridge and freezer you own, you can reduce your energy bills by running your machine efficiently:
Ensure that when you buy a new product to replace an old one, you take the necessary steps to dispose of your old product responsibly. Recycling whitegoods will reduce landfill, conserve resources and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases created in the production of new materials.
Energy rating labels help you compare appliances so you can and choose the most energy and water efficient, and save money on running costs.
The Energy Rating Calculator and app allows you to calculate the energy consumption and running costs for an appliance before you buy it.
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