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How much is my fridge freezer going to cost to run?

efficiencyWhen buying an expensive item such as a fridge freezer it is important to evaluate how much it will cost to run. All fridge freezers are now rated by the EU to let people know how much energy is needed to run them. The energy ratings go from ‘A’ to ‘G’ with ‘A’ being the best. A fridge freezer with a good energy rating will save you electricity and money on your energy bills. The majority of fridge freezers are ‘A’ rated, however some manufacturers will have ‘A+’ or ‘A++’. ‘A+’ is 10% more energy efficient than an ‘A’ rated model and ‘A++’ is 20% more efficient than an ‘A’ rated model.

A good way to work out just how much money buying an energy saving fridge freezer will save you is to calculate how much it costs to run over a year. To help you we have calculated how much it costs to run your fridge freezer depending on how energy efficient it is.

Energy saving trust


These calculations take into account that your fridge freezer is working 24 hours a day every day of the year and base the average energy cost being 11p per kilowatt per hour. It can cost less or more depending on how you use your fridge freezer. The table will give you a better guide to the differences in costs between the different energy efficient fridge freezers.


   Annual running cost per year (£)
A++ Rated 


 A+ Rated


 A Rated


Running costs are based upon the sales-weighted average size of each cold appliance category. Running costs will be lesser or greater for smaller than and larger than average appliances respectively.
Assumes electricity tariff of 12.50p/kWh.
Thank you to the Energy Saving Trust for providing this information.
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