Focus on the Fridge
Americans open their refrigerators 33 times a day on average. This common habit helps contribute to the fridge being one of your home’s hardest working appliances, typically making up 13.7% of residential energy usage, according to the Department of Energy.
Limiting the time the refrigerator door is kept open is one way to save on power. But if the appliance is 15 years old or more, you can reduce its energy consumption as much as 40% by upgrading to a newer, Energy Star-certified model that has energy-efficient features.
Some energy-saving and convenience features worth checking out:
- Glass doors or internal cameras that let you see what’s inside without opening the door and consuming energy.
- Wi-Fi connectivity, which sends alerts if fridge door is left open or unit isn’t working properly.
- Touch screen for setting temperatures or looking inside the fridge.
The best time to get a deal on an energy-efficient refrigerator is during holiday events such as Labor Day. Manufacturers typically release their new models in September, October and January.