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)
(-$125 annual energy costs with the new one vs an old fridge)
= 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.
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