- Buy the smallest refrigerator model that meets your needs. Generally, larger models consume more energy.
- Consider the necessity for additional features such as automatic icemakers and through-the-door dispensers, as they increase energy use.
- Choose a refrigerator model by using the tick rating system on the energy label. A 1-tick refrigerator may cost you about $75 more a year* in electricity bills compared to a 3-tick model. The more ticks, the more energy efficient the model is.
- Allow some space around the refrigerator (e.g. 5cm or as recommended by the manufacturer) to improve air circulation to cool the compressor and condensing coils naturally.