Fridges and freezers
Save up to 20% on your fridge and freezer running costs with every star. The more stars the better when buying a new fridge or freezer.
Refrigerators are one of the most expensive appliances to run because they are running the whole time. So when you buy a fridge or freezer, make sure the star rating is as high as possible.
Energy rating label
The energy rating label helps you to compare the running costs of an appliance. The more stars the more energy efficient. Super efficient models can receive 7 to 10 stars. Additional stars are displayed as a crown on top of the label.
Compare star ratings
Use the star rating at the top of the energy rating label to compare the energy efficiency of different models. Then use the numbers in the energy consumption box to see the model's annual energy consumption.
Buying to save in the long run
Buy a two door fridge with at least 2.5 stars, a chest freezer with at least 3 stars and an upright freezer with at least 2.5 stars.
- Choose the right size fridge - less than two thirds full is probably too big for your needs.
- Models with door alarms, inverter technology and adjustable defrost are available.
- Look for thermostat controls which are easy to read and use.
The unit will run best if you:
- allow freshly cooked food to cool before putting it in the fridge
- don't overfill your fridge
- clean rear coils on older models regularly - castors make access easier
- follow manufacturers advice regarding minimum distance between walls to ensure adequate ventilation.
If you have a second fridge, only turn it on when you need it.
|New 2-door fridge and freezer||Star rating||Annual cost*|
|590 litres - large||$138|
|370 litres - medium||$120|
|215 litres - small||$93|
*Approximate per annum. Based on 22 cent / kWh.
Download a pdf brochure on fridges and freezers (563KB).
Top | Last updated 14/05/2013