You would think that simply finding a refrigerator with an Energy Star label would assure you are getting the most energy efficient box. However, within the universe of certified refrigerators there is a wide ranging distribution of performance. There are two ways to find the most efficient ice boxes. One is to visit a refrigerator retailer and compare all of the yellow tags posted inside or on the box. Another way is to go the the Energy Star web site and down load an Excel spreadsheet showing all the test data for each certified model. Once you have downloaded and saved the Excel file you can sort the data to reveal the top performing brands. Currently, it appears that Daewoo and Fagor side-by-side refrigerators are the most efficient.
To find the Excel or PDF (Postscript Document Format) navigate to the refrigerator page under products on the Energy Star web site.
Refrigerators with convenience ice makers in the door significantly reduce efficiency. The hole in the door compromises the refrigerator's thermal shell.
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