Many homes have refrigerators with attached freezers. These appliances run off and on every day all day. The fridge rarely gets a break, and, when it does, most homeowners start to worry. Homeowners may dread power outages for the food spoilage concerns. And when the fridge and freezer start to wane, the next purchase isn’t going to be cheap.
A refrigerator and attached freezer are often fairly expensive, but this depends on size and other factors, too. But homeowners who need smaller options or who just need a small freezer can upgrade to a small energy-efficient freezer and/or fridge to save energy…and money, too.
Can Homeowners Find a Separate Freezer?
While many homeowners have a fridge with an attached freezer, they can purchase a separate smaller freezer, too. These are often called chest freezers and they can be used to store extra frozen foods like meats (for homeowners who buy in bulk), veggies, ice-cream and more.
Having a separate freezer requires space for that appliance, but small energy-efficient freezers can be a bit more compact; in fact, they may be referred to as ‘compact freezers.’ These small freezers can be kept in the basement or even the garage.
When shopping for a small energy-efficient freezer, the easiest way to find the best options is to look for the ENERGY STAR label. To make it even easier to find that perfect fridge, ENERGY STAR includes a list of options for homeowners.
How Big are Small Energy-Efficient Freezers?
Compact freezers can range in size. ENERGY STAR’s list of compact freezers range from 2.5 cubic feet to seven cubic feet. This measurement refers to the interior space, not the exterior.
Homeowners may have different space needs. Some might need a compact freezer with a bit more room to store extra frozen foods. Others just might use a tiny freezer for cold treat storage (like ice cream!).
What are the Price Ranges for Small Energy-Efficient Freezers?
Small energy-efficient freezers can range in price; the cost can depend on brand and/or size. Homeowners can find options for around $130. Many models are less than $200. Again, though, larger models could be priced higher.
Homeowners can search for the best prices via online home store sites. Some models could be on sale!
How Efficient are Energy-Efficient Freezers?
ENERGY STAR explains that freezers with the label are at least 10 percent more efficient than standard models (or those that offer just “the minimum federal standard”). These more efficient freezers also only cost homeowners less than $50 to operate each year.
Combined with other energy-efficient appliances, homeowners could stack up the savings and decrease energy waste.
Watch These Bad Habits
While energy-efficient appliances do offer homeowners savings and help decrease energy use, homeowners also could make other changes and stop bad habits to ensure that energy efficiency doesn’t lead to waste.
Some tips to keep in mind:
- Don’t leave the freezer door ajar (check the door!)
- Pull the unit away from the wall a little
- Clean the coils (for fridge units)
- Don’t overstuff the freezer (this can block vents)
- Don’t underfill it
Other Ways to Save
There are many other ways homeowners can further reduce energy costs and energy drains. To find all the ways to save, homeowners can download the HomeSelfe app.
HomeSelfe can be used to conduct a home-energy audit. However, homeowners may need to have current energy bills on hand, as the app will need to know usage data. Homeowners also will be instructed to take a photo of each room (a home ‘selfie’).
The app will show areas that could be causing higher energy bills and help homeowners find ways to save. HomeSelfe can even help homeowners find applicable rebates in their area.
Homeowners also could conduct their own audit. This requires homeowners to go into each room and check outlets for unused appliances, pipes for leaks, windows and doors for air gaps and to inspect other energy details, too.
For homeowners who want to conduct their own home energy audit, HomeSelfe offers a checklist!
Make Appliances More Energy-Efficient, Too
Homeowners also can make standard appliances like refrigerators and freezers more energy-efficient if they aren’t ready to replace that appliance.
Homeowners should periodically clean their refrigerator coils to improve efficiency. They also need to ensure the freezer isn’t too packed (see above). Moving the fridge away from the wall a bit also could give more breathing room; this is if the homeowner has pushed it flush to the wall.
While choosing a small energy-efficient freezer can help homeowners save money on electricity costs and lower energy use, keeping standard models clean and ensuring that they aren’t stuffed too full also can aid energy efficiency. And, of course, homeowners that want to find all the energy drains in their home can use HomeSelfe to conduct a full home energy audit.