The Most Efficient Chest Freezers

When researching energy efficient appliances, we often turn to the recommendations of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The ACEEE continues to publish helpful information about all sorts of appliances, including freezers. The ninth edition of their Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, published in fall 2007, contains helpful information about selecting a freezer. The most efficient type …

The Most Energy Efficient Refrigerators

For consumers looking for an energy efficient refrigerator these days, the choices (thankfully) are numerous.  It seems that just about every major appliance manufacturer has developed a model that is energy efficient enough to garner the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program seal of approval. While the most popular refrigerator model in terms of sales is the side-by-side configuration, that …

Cube Gadget For Fridges Could Slash Electrical Use

The e-cube, invented by British engineers, significantly reduces the energy used by fridges and freezers, which are estimated to consume about a fifth of all domestic electricity in the UK. The one-size-fits-all, retrofit, wax device, barely three inches wide, fits around the temperature sensor, to more accurately reflect the temperature of the contents. It said to cut power usage by …

Top Rated, Energy Efficient Refrigerators

In terms of quality, cost and energy efficiency, Kenmore refrigerators get high ratings from Good Housekeeping and Consumer Reports. They make many “no-frills” refrigerators which are Energy Star compliant. Kenmore fridges have factory-installed ice makers, which are less prone to break down than those built into the door. For example, a reasonably priced, mid-sized Kenmore fridge is available from Sears …

Man Retrofits Freezer to Make an Ultra-Efficient Fridge

An off-grid experimenter in Australia, Tom Chalko, has retrofitted a chest freezer to create a fridge that uses only 100 watt-hours (0.1 kWh) per day! Why a chest freezer? Tom points out that vertical door refrigerators are inherently inefficient. As soon as you open a vertical fridge door the cold air escapes, simply because it is heavier than the warmer …

Sunfrost Refrigerators

Sunfrost refrigerators are the most efficient ones out there. Here are the specs on a typical model: Energy Consumption : 585-845 Whr / day (42-58 Amp Hours) DC, 20 kWh / month, 249 kWh / year Annual Energy Cost: $21 Capacity: 16 cu. ft. Dimensions: 62.5″ H, 34.5″ W, 27.75″ D Weight: 300 lb. (44 cu ft. volume) Available from: …

Avanti 1201W-01 CF Refrigerator (Mid Capacity)

Power Consumption: 277 kWh per year Annual Energy Cost: $23 Capacity: 11.2 cu ft Dimensions: 23.5" W, 66.75" H, 25" D Weight: 130 lb. Power: 120 V AC Best Price: $320 (ikitchenbath.com) also a counter-high version available at Amazon for $139.88

NovaKool RU7600-DC

Power Consumption: 480 watt hours/day or 240 watt hours /day with insulation (70°F day) Capacity: 7 cu. ft. Dimensions: 18.5" W, 41" H, 28" D Shipping weight: 138 lb. Power: 12 or 24V DC Best Price: $1196 (E-Marine)