How much can replacing your old fridge save you on energy costs?

I was at my friend’s house for her three-year-old’s birthday party the other day.

Theme: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Snacks: Pizza (of course)

Drinks: ...

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How much can replacing your old fridge save you on energy costs?

Replacing your old fridge can save you money

If your fridge is more than 10 years old, you could save more than $200 over the next five years by replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR approved one.

Key Points

  • Replacing an old fridge can save you money on your utilities.
  • If your fridge is more than 10 years old, it could save you $270 over the next five years on energy costs.
  • Many utilities also offer rebates for recycling your old model. 

I was at my friend’s house for her three-year-old’s birthday party the other day.

Theme: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Snacks: Pizza (of course)

Drinks: Sewer slime (don’t ask)

Activities: Getting all the bad guys

Discussion: Refrigerators

As the parents gathered in the kitchen to escape the mayhem, my friends started talking about how they want to replace their old fridge with a new one, and that hopefully the energy savings would pay off.

So, in the spirit of the Turtles, here’s an Energy Ninja analysis:

  • According to the Department of Energy, if your fridge is more than 10 years old, you could save $270 over the next five years by replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR approved one.
  • To make the deal even sweeter, many utilities offer rebates for recycling your old one. Make sure to talk with your utility about local offers. Or, as the Splinter would say “never pay full price for a pizza, or leave rebate money on the table.”
  • Some new features aren’t the most efficient. The good-ol’ freezer on top, fridge on the bottom models generally use less energy than the side-by-side or freezer on the bottom ones. Features like ice makers and water dispensers add to the energy load too.
  • Don’t buy more fridge than you need. Unless you really do have four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the house, you could benefit from a smaller – and more efficient – model.

And now the next time you find yourself hiding from a band of toddler ninja turtles, you’ll know exactly what to talk about in your kitchen hideout. Cowabunga dudes.


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the entire world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned an M.A. in Political Science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the Governor’s Office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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Two weeks to Thanksgiving – Is your fridge ready?

If you’ve left your house since Halloween, you’re probably under the impression that Christmas is here. The decorations are popping up everywhere. I even spotted some egg nog ...

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Two weeks to Thanksgiving – Is your fridge ready?

Turkey Day is the Super Bowl of eating. Make sure your fridge is ready for game day.

Key Points

  • Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
  • Make sure your fridge is ready for the big day.
  • Keep it full, keep it clean, and keep your food covered to make your fridge more energy efficient.

If you’ve left your house since Halloween, you’re probably under the impression that Christmas is here. The decorations are popping up everywhere. I even spotted some egg nog coffee creamer at the store. But before you break out your favorite Michael Buble Christmas album, take time to savor Thanksgiving first.

After all, Turkey Day is the Super Bowl of eating. Make sure your fridge is ready for game day. Here are a few tips to ensure those turkey leftovers stay fresh as efficiently as possible.

Keep it full.

Good news for your leftovers. Cramming the cranberries and chestnut stuffing into your fridge actually helps it work more efficiently. It has to work harder to cool empty spaces. Bonus tip: make sure your leftovers have cooled to room temperature before stashing them in the fridge so it doesn’t have to offset their heat. Just make sure the turkey doesn’t stay out too long for food safety.

Keep it clean.

When’s the last time you checked behind your fridge for dust? Yeah, me too. But even though it takes a little extra muscle, it’s worth the effort. While you’re back there, make sure your fridge is at least two inches away from the wall to allow for air circulation.

Keep it covered.

Don’t skip the lid on your food storage.  For one, your food will dry out. Yuck. For two, the food will contribute to the moisture in the fridge air, forcing your fridge to use extra energy to remove the added humidity.

In the market for a new fridge? Consider getting an ENERGY STAR certified one to save even more energy. And here’s a breakdown of just how much that extra fridge in the garage is costing you.


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the entire world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned an M.A.in Political Science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the Governor’s Office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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