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Refrigerators

Last Updated: 09/18/17 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

A refrigeration cabinet designed for storing food products at temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit (F) but no greater than 40 degrees F.

Life Cycle Cost Savings

For most applications, energy-efficient products have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, EPA has estimated that an Energy Star-qualified household refrigerator can save a typical user $138 in energy costs over the life of the unit, while avoiding 197 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective. On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR refrigerators.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

Substitutes for ozone-depleting chemicals, as identified under the SNAP program, may be purchased with the product itself or separately.  In either case, federal agencies must procure and substitute safe alternatives for ozone-depleting substances to the maximum extent practicable.

The "ENERGY STAR Most Efficient" program identifies the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR in particular product categories. Product categories were selected and recognition criteria were established to ensure that products that receive this recognition demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational, or leading edge. There are Most Efficient criteria for medium, large and x-large refrigerators.

Included products: Full-size refrigerator-freezers are eligible for ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient recognition in 2017. Excluded products. The following products are not eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition in 2017:  Compact models. For products certified under Version 5.0: Any all-refrigerator, refrigerator-freezer, or freezer with total volume less than 7.75 cubic feet (220 liters rated volume as determined in Appendix A of 10 CFR subpart B).  Freezers. At the present time, freezers are not eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2017 recognition.  All-refrigerators. At the present time, all-refrigerators are not eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2017 recognition.

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