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Is an Energy Efficient Fridge Worth Upgrading To?

When it comes to buying white goods for the home that can dramatically affect your daily life, long-term savings, and the environment, an energy efficient fridge certainly ticks all the boxes.

Rapid advancements in technology have enabled manufacturers to continually introduce new appliances that promise greater energy efficiency. This means less energy consumption, which means a lower energy bill. But just how worthwhile is it to take the plunge and finally upgrade?

Let’s delve into various aspects of energy efficient fridges and freezers. We’ll explore how newer energy-efficient products compare to older models. We’ll look at the environmental benefits of finding the right fridge, understand the energy rating labels, and how to get the most out of these appliances. By the end, you will better understand whether an upgrade to an energy efficient fridge is worth it.

(Spoiler alert: it is.)

Why The Fuss About An Energy Efficient Fridge?

Like most energy efficient products such as air conditioners and dishwashers, modern fridges and freezers generally have greater energy efficiency standards than older models. With advancements in insulation and compressors, newer fridges conserve energy and reduce carbon footprint, thereby playing a part in combatting climate change. But why should you, an Aussie homeowner, specifically consider an energy efficient fridge?

  1. Energy Efficiency = Cost Efficiency: Less energy usage means lower running costs. In a country where energy costs are high, a new fridge with a high energy rating can make a significant difference to your pocket. And, let’s be honest, who isn’t looking for a way to save money these days?
  2. Environmentally Friendly: Australia has made international commitments to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Upgrading from a three-and-a-half-star fridge to one with a five star energy rating can help contribute to this effort, in a small but significant way.
  3. Better Functionality: Eco friendly fridges often come with improved features to help you save energy, like better temperature control, offering both environmental benefits and superior performance.

With these benefits in mind, it’s clear to see just why it’s worth looking at upgrading your old fridge or freezer to one that offers greater energy efficiency.

How Much Power Does a Fridge Use?

It’s one thing to talk about price, but what percentage of your energy bills can you link to your fridge or freezer? On average, refrigerators are responsible for about 10% of a household’s total energy consumption. This is a significant chunk of your energy bill. Other appliances such as washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers, often combined with TVs on energy consumption charts, make up another 16% of energy usage. If you consider the fact that white goods account for almost a third of yearly running costs, it becomes apparent that any efficiency improvements will make a sizable impact. A more energy efficient fridge can notably reduce this percentage, making a meaningful difference in your overall energy efficiency and therefore your power bills as well. Keep in mind, many factors such as the model, size, and usage habits can also influence your fridge’s power consumption.

When Should You Replace an Appliance?

On average, your major white goods appliances have a lifespan of 10-15 years. Washing machines and dishwashers are sometimes at the lower end of that scale, while fridges and freezers are at the higher. But now that the average star energy rating has improved so consistently, with 4 stars the average, you’ll spend almost twice as much to run an old 1 star model!

When it comes to actual replacement you certainly don’t need to worry on a daily basis about buying an energy efficient fridge. But it’s certainly good to be prepared. So, once your appliance has hit the decade mark, do the maths and compare yearly costs. Look at the pros and cons, as well as the upfront cost, so you can develop a clear picture of what’s out there and see if you should upgrade, sooner or later.

Environment & Sustainability: Why Energy-Efficient is the Way to Go

Apart from savings in running costs, one of the key reasons to upgrade to an energy efficient fridge is the environmental benefits it offers. Traditional appliances consume a lot of energy, which translates to high carbon dioxide emissions. On the other hand, a new fridge with improved energy efficiency decreases your carbon footprint by consuming significantly less power. Furthermore, these appliances are often made from environmentally friendly materials and can be recycled more easily, which further helps to minimise environmental damage.

Understanding the Energy Rating Label and How It Works

Understanding energy ratings is crucial in making an informed decision about investing in an energy efficient fridge. Australia has a robust six-star energy rating system, where six stars signal the highest energy efficiency. The more stars your fridge or freezer has, the more energy efficient it is. Each additional star signifies an energy use reduction of about 30%.

It’s worth noting that a star energy rating is size-relative, meaning a bigger fridge and a smaller fridge with the same star rating won’t necessarily use the same amount of energy. Therefore, when considering an upgrade, it’s important to compare models of the same size. Also, keep an eye on the kWh/year figure on the energy rating label. This number indicates the fridge’s estimated annual energy consumption, providing a more absolute measure of the fridge’s energy use. By being savvy about energy ratings, you’ll be well-equipped to select an energy efficient fridge that fits your needs and contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Maintenance of Energy Efficient Fridges

For energy efficient fridges, maintenance is key to maximising their performance. Keeping the coils of your fridge clean, for example, can improve its efficiency by as much as 30%. Additionally, it’s worth ensuring that your refrigerator is not too close to the wall, as this can prevent heat from escaping and result in the appliance needing to work harder to maintain performance. Remember to regularly check and replace seals on your fridge and freezer doors to ensure they’re sealing properly. Regular maintenance not only helps your appliance run more efficiently but can also extend its lifespan, allowing you to enjoy its benefits for longer.

To Repair Or Replace? That Is The Question

Arguably the biggest question of all is whether you should repair or replace. And that truly depends. For a new appliance check to see if the warranty still provides cover. If a few years have passed and there is no warranty, you might still get away with a cheaper repair. However, once you reach an extended amount of use, say after 10 years, it’s weighing up the pros and cons of price. Is a costly repair worth it, or is it better to shell out for a more efficient unit with an improved energy rating label?

Discover The Value of Energy Efficiency In Your Home

If you do choose the latter and are ready for dishwasher installation or energy efficient fridge installation, just contact Plumber Near Me today! Our team of local plumbers is able to install any new appliance which requires plumbing. Your new energy efficient fridge needs access to an extended water pipe, or your washing machine could benefit from new laundry taps. No matter the job, contact Plumber Near Me.

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