Last minute reminder about the GE stainless steel upgrade offer ending July 7th. What makes more sense, upgrading to stainless steel or finding an ENERGY STAR refrigerator?
The GE offer includes select models of the Profile series of refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and microwaves. Click here to see the entire line of products included in the rebate. When shopping be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR label and check the Power Guide details on electricity consumption.
Refrigerators use the large percentage of the home electricity energy budget. New ENERGY STAR rated refrigerators with an automatic defrost (are there any without?) and a top mounted freezer use half as much energy as a pre-1990 version. According to the ENERGY STAR website these newer energy savings refrigerators are 20% more efficient than non ENERGY STAR models.
Calculate your savings with this neat ENERGY STAR savings calculator. Input the model number or size and style and see your savings. For a typical 1980s top freezer 16-19 cubic feet, the annual savings are dramatic.
Aside from savings how do you determine if it’s time to replace your refrigerator. Seals on the freezer and cooling compartments become brittle with age. Try this simple test of inserting a piece of paper between the seal and the the refrigerator case. If so, the seals are not tight. Another quick test is to turn off the lights and see if there is light coming from the refrigerator.
Top or bottom freezer models tend to be more efficient than side by side refrigerators. Compare the kilowatt usage to determine the savings for the different configuration models.
RETIRE YOUR OLD REFRIGERATOR
When buying a new refrigerator you may be tempted to move your old model into the garage or storage room. Don’t!!! Operating a refrigerator in an unheated space is more costly than in your air conditioned kitchen.
MAINTAINING YOUR REFRIGERATOR SAVES MONEY
Maintaining your refrigerator within suggested operating ranges also helps save energy and money. Refrigerator compartments should be within 36F and 38F and freezers between 0-5F. Clean the condenser coils on the back yearly. Dust laden coils work harder to cool your refrigerator. If your kitchen design permits, do not place your refrigerator next to your stove or other warm space.
Cool hot food before placing it into the refrigerator. Hot food raises the interior temperature and makes your frig work harder to bring the temperature down to the operating range.
Most appliance dealers will remove your old refrigerator for a no or low cost. If not, Progress Energy offers a $50 incentive to recycle your refrigerator by calling, 1.800.599.5798.
See my previous post on the ENERGY STAR tax free weekend and the follow up post on the rebates that may still be unclaimed. Most retailers are rebate savvy and can help you find any available incentives.
Switch to a ENERGY STAR model and maintain your refrigerator for continued savings.
ENERGY STAR TAX-FREE WEEKEND NOVEMBER 5-7, 2010
Plan ahead for the upcoming ENERGY STAR weekend and pay no sales tax on the following ENERGY STAR rated products.
The following Energy Star labeled products are tax exempt during this holiday: clothes washers, freezers, refrigerators, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, and programmable thermostats.