The importance of choosing an energy efficient fridge or freezer

All fridges and freezers receive an energy efficiency grading ranging from A – G, with A being the most efficient. Standardised tests, monitored by Trading Standards, are carried out by manufacturers, who are responsible for grading their appliances.We also quote annual running costs; this is calculated by multiplying the number of kW used by the average national cost of electricity + VAT, but please bear in mind these costs may vary according to how much you pay for your local electricity supply.

You’ll often find that the more expensive the fridge freezer, the better the running costs because energy-saving features such as thicker insulation, automatic door closing or ‘door open’ audible alerts will be included.

Please remember that in your home energy consumption may vary from the figure quoted, owing to factors such as how well stocked the appliance is, its location and how well ventilated it is. Make sure your fridge stays airtight by keeping door seals clean.

So called Frost Free Models should be checked carefully. In order for them to remain free of ice formation a motor must run constantly – gobbling up those Kws!

Check that the refrigeration appliances you want are free of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons, potentially damaging to the ozone layer), and many are also free of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons, which may have an effect on global warming).

More information to help you choose a fridge, freezer or chiller is available on the Fridge Freezer Guide