Energy efficient refrigerators are some of the most eco friendly appliances you can have in the house, since refrigerators account for a large portion of the energy our homes consume.
I went to the Energy Star website to pull a list of the four most energy efficient refrigerators money can buy. Here were my criteria:
–They had to be full-sized refrigerators with freezer compartments.
–They had to be a model currently available at stores as of this writing.
These four refrigerator models save an astounding 30% of Kilowatt hours per year (KwH) compared to non energy efficient models. This is the highest energy efficiency available for refrigerators at this time. The closest any other model came, using the same criteria, was 26%.
(Asterisks represent minor model number variations.)
1) General Electric GS* model. There are several variants of this side-by-side model ranging from 22 to 25 cubic feet. They spend 473-504 KwH/year. A fuller list:
2) KitchenAid KSRT25FW**0* model. This side-by-side refrigerator is 25.5 cubic feet and spends 509 KwH/year.
3) Maytag MSD2530WE*0* model. This is also a side-by-side refrigerator with 25.6 cubic feet and spends 509 KwH/year.
4) Whirlpool ES5 model (ES5PVA*W*0* and ES5DVA*W*0*). This variant is 25.6 cubic feet, side-by-side, and spends 509 KwH/year.
It struck me how remarkably consistent these refrigerators are, even across brands. They’re all side-by-side types, just about the same size, and spend almost exactly the same amount of energy. I’m not sure why side-by-sides are the most energy efficient, but the data speaks for itself.
So if you want to have one of the most energy efficient refrigerators available anywhere, you’ve got the list!
(Update: Don’t miss our updated 2011 list of the most energy efficient refrigerators available!)