Buying Guide for Energy-Saving Refrigerator.
The key of an eco-friendly refrigerator is simple: low energy consumption. Less energy use means less emission generated, so it is eco friendly. The refrigerator makers are competing in inventing new models with less energy consumption due to their commitment to combat the global warming effects, so normally, newer types consume less energy and generate less emission and pollutant than the older type. Therefore every decision made on purchasing a new refrigerator should be based on the energy efficiency.
Here are some buying guides for energy-saving refrigerator:
Check the energy consumption. First point of buying guides for refrigerator is to verify its energy consumption. Similar capacity could be offered under various energy consumptions, depends on the manufacturer. Find the lowest one. Have a look on the Energy Star products, where refrigerators are at least 20% and freezer are 10% more energy efficient than the minimum federal government standard (NAECA).
Getting the right size. There are 4 different size refrigerators: small (7 to 9.9 cubic feet), medium (10 to 13.9 cubic feet), large (14 to 19.9 cubic feet), and extra large (20 to 30 cubic feet). Size your need. Too big means there will be waste on energy, as larger refrigerator usually uses more energy. Empty spaces on the refrigerator will as well lead to an energy waste. On the contrary, a model which is too small will be inefficient too, as you will have to limit your stock that cause you to a more frequent visit to grocery shop. Making estimation of your need will make a helping buying guide of your fridge.
Consider the defrost systems:
- Manual defrost type use less energy than auto defrost type, but you will have to defrost regularly (before the frost accumulate ¼ inches) to keep the refrigerator energy efficient.
- Auto defrost:Prevents the build up of frost in your fridge, so there’s no need to defrost it yourself, thus saving you time.
Think twice about additional features. Automatic ice-makers and through-the-door dispensers may add convenience and reduce energy wastage by opening the door less frequent, but they increase the energy use (typically 100 to 150 kilowatt hours/year).
Choose the most energy saving configuration:
Normally there are 4 kinds of fridge configuration: Top freezer, bottom freezer or side-by-side freezer. The top freezer model is the most energy efficient than the other two models of configuration.
In means with controlling the refrigerator temperature for energy-efficiency, a model with temperature display will ease the maintenance.
Well above are buying guides for refrigerator, if you wish to make your refrigerator running efficiently with less emission, and then learn the refrigerator maintenance and energy saving tips in running it.