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Your refrigerator runs 24/7. Make sure you buy and energy efficient one! #home #energy

Return to No-Regrets Remodeling index Be especially careful in choosing a refrigerator because it will use more energy than any other kitchen appliance. Fortunately, new refrigerators use less than one-third as much energy as similar models built in the 1970s. Just remember, size and features do make a difference. As a rule, larger models use more energy to operate, so buy the smallest model that meets your needs. A side-by-side refrigerator/freezer is less efficient than a unit with the freezer on the top or bottom; automatic ice makers and through-the-door dispensers will add to energy use and to the initial cost; and manual defrost uses less energy than automatic defrost, but only if someone defrosts the freezer regularly. Consider these options very carefully. Remember, refrigerators are on constantly. Will you use these conveniences frequently enough to justify the co...

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