If you'd like a second fridge for all the produce, deli meat and endless cupcakes you keep, you might be in the market for a second fridge. And a freezerless model might save you some money energy-wise.
Home appliances are Energy-Star rated, which means they must meet standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). An appliance's energy use and efficiency must be displayed on a yellow EnergyGuide label, which estimates the amount of energy the appliance uses as well as approximate annual operation costs.
We looked at the EnergyGuide labels on a standard refrigerator and a freezerless refrigerator from Sears:
- Kenmore 18.2 cubic foot top freezer refrigerator has an estimated yearly electricity use of 479 kWh, and an estimated yearly operating cost of $51.
- Kenmore 16.7 cubic foot freezerless refrigerator has an estimated yearly electricity use of 438 kWh, and an estimated yearly operating cost of $40.