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How much is my refrigerator going to cost to run?

When buying a high investment item such as a fridge, it is important to evaluate how much it will cost to run. All models 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 refrigerator with a high energy rating will save you electricity and money on your energy bills. Some manufacturers have models which have a better than ‘A’ rating:

  • 'A+' energy rated models will save you money by achieving up to 10% reduction in energy consumption, compared with ‘A’ energy rated models.
  • ‘A++’ energy rated models are designed to help you save up to 20% more on your energy bills, than ‘A’ rated models.
  Annual running cost (£)  
A++ A+ A B C
13 16 21 25 29
Running costs are based upon the sales-weighted average size of Refrigerators. 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 informaion

A good way to work out just how much buying an energy saving refrigerator 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 refrigerator depending on how energy efficient it is. These calculations take into account that your refrigerator is working 24 hours a day every day of the year and base the average of energy cost being 11p per kilowatt per hour. It can cost less or more depending on how you use your fridge. Hopefully the useful table below will give you a better guide to the differences in costs between the different energy efficient refrigerators.

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