appliances you can feel good about ENERGY STAR® RATED REFRIGERATORS How old is your refrigerator? If it was built before 1993, then a new, ENERGY STAR rated refrigerator could use half as much energy. Get all the features you want and savings you’ll love with high-efficiency refrigerators that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating. ENERGY STAR Features and Models Energy Use Comparison ENERGY STAR rated refrigerators use high-efficiency Year Refrigerator Annual Electrical Annual Cost compressors, improved insulation and more precise Manufactured Consumption of Electricity* temperature and defrost mechanisms to consume at 1972 2000 kWh $ 186.00 least 20 percent less energy than required by current federal standards. And, by choosing ENERGY STAR 1990 900 kWh $ 83.70 models you won’t sacrifice features. 1993 690 kWh $ 64.17 Available options include: After 2001 485 kWh $ 45.11 2003 ENERGY STAR • Automatic ice-makers Refrigerator 436 kWh $ 40.55 • Through-the-door ice dispensers * Cost of electricity is calculated at $0.093 per kilowatt-hour, the average cost of • Side-by-side models electricity in our region for residential consumers. Electrical consumption levels for 1972 - 1993 refrigerators obtained from Lawrence Berkeley Labs. • Top or bottom freezer models Energy-saving Tips Refrigerators are the single biggest energy-consuming kitchen appliance. Whether you have an old or new, standard or ENERGY STAR rated refrigerator, these tips can help reduce the amount of energy it uses. • Replace refrigerators bought before 1993 and recycle old ones. • Keep refrigerators set between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. • Minimize the amount of time the refrigerator door is open. • Make sure door seals are tight. If necessary, contact the manufacturer for easy-to-install replacements. • Keep condenser coils clean. If possible, allow air to circulate around coils by leaving space between the wall or cabinets and the refrigerator. • Position your refrigerator away from heat sources such as the oven, dishwasher or direct sunlight. Visit mnbrighterideas.com between August 16 and September 30, and complete a short quiz for your chance to win $500 towards groceries.
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