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Refrigerators

An ENERGY STAR® certified fridge (refrigerator) uses 9% less energy, on average, than a standard model. Saving energy saves money and reduces your carbon footprint.

Key features

  • A top-freezer refrigerator that is ENERGY STAR certified uses less energy than a 60-watt light bulb.
  • Improvements in insulation and compressors contribute to energy savings.

Refrigerator types

Modern kitchen with large fridge.

Refrigeration units fall into four main groups:

  • Models without automatic defrost—standard-size refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers
  • Models with automatic defrost—standard-size refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers
  • Compact models—refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers with total refrigerated volumes of less than 219.5 L (7.74 cu. ft.) and overall heights of less than 91.4 cm (36 in.)
  • For more information on types, see the energy efficiency standard table for refrigerators, and refrigerator-freezers

The ENERGY STAR Promise

Energy Star logo

All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to meet strict efficiency specifications and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.

Start your research using the ENERGY STAR Product Finder tool to find and compare certified refrigerators (You will be redirected to the U.S. ENERGY STAR website).

 

Helpful tips

  • When you buy a new fridge, recycle the old one instead of reusing it elsewhere (even in the garage or at the cottage). An old refrigerator uses about 35% more energy, on average compared to a model that has earned the ENERGY STAR certification.
  • Position your fridge away from heat sources. This includes ovens, dishwashers, heating vents and direct sunlight.
  • Set the fridge between 1.7° and 3.3°C (35° and 38°F) and the freezer at -18°C (0°F). These temperatures promote maximum efficiency and food safety.
  • Clean the condenser coils regularly. Accumulated dust and pet hair can restrict airflow, causing the motor to work harder and use more energy.
  • Allow for airflow inside. Avoid overfilling the fridge or freezer compartment.
  • Keep the door seals clean and tight. If a sheet of paper placed in the door slides around or slips out, or if light from a flashlight placed inside can be seen through the seals, it’s time to replace the seals.
  • When choosing between similar models, take a close look at the EnerGuide label and use this handy comparison tool to learn how much energy they’ll use each year and over the lifetime of the product. And remember… the lower the number the better!
  • Refrigerators that have earned the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation are the best of the best – they’ll save you more energy than standard models.

Regulations set the energy efficiency minimum

Refrigerators, refrigerator freezers and miscellaneous refrigeration products such as coolers and wine chillers are subject to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations, which set a minimum performance standard for their energy efficiency. Find details in the Guide to the Regulations.

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The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are trademarks registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada.

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