Choose an efficient freezer

Why? A stand-alone freezer can be one of the most energy intensive appliances in your home, so try consolidating all of your frozen foods into your refrigerator's freezer before buying one. If you choose to purchase a freezer, an ENERGY STAR® certified model can save you 10% on operating costs.
What to look for:
  • ENERGY STAR certification. These units use about 10% less energy than non-certified models.
  • Consider various sizes and styles. Larger freezers generally cost more to operate, so think about your storage needs and buy the smallest model possible. Also, consider a chest freezer instead of an upright model. They allow less cold air to escape when you open them and are more energy efficient.
  • Manual defrost models. These use close to half the energy of automatic defrost models.
  • The EnerGuide Label. Use it to compare energy use between different freezer models.

Things to think about:

  • Carefully consider whether you need an extra freezer before you decide to buy.
  • If you only need the space in a stand-alone freezer during part of the year, unplug the unit when it's not in use.
  • Freezers have to work harder to keep food cold when the surrounding air is very warm or very cold. Freezers should be placed in a location where the temperature is moderate all the time.

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Save up to $35 per year

Up-front costs: Varies greatly depending on the model you choose; no price difference between ENERGY STAR and conventional units