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My post How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen gave an overview of things to think about when creating an environmentally responsible kitchen.

But the individual elements of an eco-friendly kitchen each deserve their own post because there is so much to consider.

The first area of the eco-friendly kitchen that I want to dive into is appliances.

Because even within the efficient appliance realm there are a lot of options. And there should be!

In fact, there should be so many low energy options that there’s no longer any need for resource-greedy appliances.

First up in my energy efficient appliances series – energy efficient refrigeration.

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Are All Energy Star Rated Appliances Created Equal?

Much of the information gathered for this post and for the other posts in this series comes from the Energy Star website. It’s a great resource, but it contains A LOT of information and can feel a bit overwhelming.

My goal for this series is to share the most relevant information and provide examples of affordable, energy efficient appliances in a variety of styles.

So you can do less research and more treehugging.

The Energy Star website offers a yearly Most Efficient list, which recognizes the best of the best. This designation proves that even within the spectrum of Energy Star rated appliance there are better options.

In short – just because it’s Energy Star rated doesn’t mean it’s the most efficient refrigerator option.

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5 of the Most Energy Efficient Fridges

In order for an electric refrigerator or refrigerator-freezer to be Energy Star certified, it needs to be less than 39 cubic feet in size. And, most importantly, it needs to use 10% less energy than the minimum federal efficiency standards.

Generally, a smaller refrigerator equals a more eco friendly refrigerator.

Energy Star recommends models in the 16-20 cubic feet range. Refrigerator-freezer combos with the freezer on top also tend to be more efficient than those with the freezer on the bottom or the side.

Here are five efficient refrigerators from the Energy Star Most Efficient 2020 – Refrigerators list. Note that the Most Efficient list includes fridges that have an estimated annual energy use ranging from 151 to 576 kwH.

I’ve selected models from this list in different sizes and at various price points. I also tried to include some of the most well-known, easy-to-find brands.

Energy Star Refrigerator: Frigidaire 24″ Top Freezer Refrigerator FFET1022UV (297 kwH/year)

What's an eco-conscious kitchen without an energy efficient fridge? This Frigidaire 24

Brand: Frigidaire

Type: Top Freezer Refrigerator

Model Number: FFET1022UV

Estimated Energy Use: 297 kwH/year

Capacity: 10.1 cubic feet

Width: 24″

 

Energy Star Refrigerator: GE 28″ Top Freezer Refrigerator GTE17DTNRBB (436 kwH/year)

What's an eco-conscious kitchen without an energy efficient fridge? This GE 28

 

Brand: GE

Type: Top Freezer Refrigerator

Model Number: GTE17DTNRBB

Estimated Energy Use: 436 kwH/year

Capacity: 16.6 cubic feet

Width: 28″

 

Energy Star Refrigerator: Samsung 29″ Top Freezer Refrigerator RT18M6215SG (448 kwH/year)

What's an eco-conscious kitchen without an energy efficient fridge? This Samsung 29

Brand: Samsung

Type: Top Freezer Refrigerator

Model Number: RT18M6215SG

Estimated Energy Use: 448 kwH/year

Capacity: 17.6 cubic feet

Width: 29″

Energy Star Refrigerator: GE 33″ Top Freezer Refrigerator GTE22JSNRSS (489 kwH/year)

What's an eco-conscious kitchen without an energy efficient fridge? This GE 33

Brand: GE

Type: Top Freezer Refrigerator

Model Number: GTE22JSNRSS

Estimated Energy Use: 489 kwH/year

Capacity: 21.9 cubic feet

Width: 33″

 

Energy Star Refrigerator: LG 33″ Bottom Freezer Refrigerator LRDCS2603S (562 kwH/year)

What's an eco-conscious kitchen without an energy efficient fridge? This LG 33

Brand: LG

Type: Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

Model Number: LRDCS2603S

Estimated Energy Use: 562 kwH/year

Capacity: 25.5 cubic feet

Width: 33″

Whether you chose an energy efficient fridge featured in this post, or go in a different direction – make sure you know the estimated annual energy consumption before you buy!

If all fridges sold in the United States were Energy Star refrigerators, it would prevent 9 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

And, save you a lot of money. Bonus!

 

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What's an eco-conscious kitchen without an energy efficient fridge? Here are five of the most efficient Energy Star rated refrigerators out there!

Posted on May 9, 2019 (Last Updated December 30, 2020)

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5 of the Most Energy Efficient Refrigerators