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by • April 22, 2013 • LED & Electrical & LightingComments (0)1854

Free garage refrigerator?

  I found this link to Energy Star’s website pretty interesting and thought I’d share it.  It’s a online calculator to show how much electricity your old garage fridge/freezer is using.
  This calculator makes a very good case for buying a new Energy Star labeled fridge vs a used 10+ year old fridge off Craigslist.  My neighbor has a circa 1991 Side By Side fridge and according to this it’s costing $183/year in electricty vs a new energy star model that would consume $58/year.  Replacing that fridge would save over $1200 in electricity over the next 10 years!  I paid about $800 for my second fridge, but thought about a used model off Craigslist.  Lets run the math here:
$800 New Fridge
-$150 (what I might have paid for a used one)
=$650 
(-$125 annual energy costs with the new one vs an old fridge)
650/125=5.2
=  Factoring in Energy Costs, my new fridge is free in 5.2 years compared to buying used.

I bought this basic white Whirlpool model and it’s been fantastic.   I love having another fridge, and after seeing this online calculator I’m so glad I ended up buying a new one. 
Best,
Matt Risinger

Risinger Homes is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that specializes in Architect driven and fine craftsmanship work. We utilize an in-house carpentry staff and the latest building science research to build dramatically more efficient, healthy and durable homes.
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