Buying a refrigerator isn't as easy as it used to be, but learning the types and models out there that come highly recommended can get you on the right track.
Top Freezer: This traditional style is good if you need a lot of space. These freezers are Energy Star recommended, which means they use much less energy.
Bottom Freezer: If you store most of your food in the fridge, rather than the freezer, this model gives you easy access!
French Door: This style is very popular now, with its sleek look. It offers better preservation of food, as you only have to open part of the fridge to access what you need.
Side-By-Side: This style has the fridge on one side and the freezer on the other. With no drawers, you are saved from digging around for your food. This style also offers a built in water and ice machine.
Built In: Looking for a fridge that meshes into the rest of your cabinets and kitchen design? Built In refrigerators offers flush, custom made looks to make your kitchen look seamless. They are more expensive, but definitely as sleek of a look as you can get!
Just because you don't need something, doesn't mean you shouldn't have it. Refrigerators these days offer some nice luxury additives that you might want to consider:
Energy Star Certified:
Save energy, save money and reduce harm to the environment! With Energy Star, you can save up to 9% on energy bills. It is recommended to buy a refrigerator in the 16-20 cubic feet realm, to decrease the amount of energy being consumed.
"An estimated 170 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers are currently in use in the United States. More than 60 million refrigerators are over 10 years old, costing consumers $4.4 billion a year in energy costs. By properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can save $260 over the next 5 years."
"If all refrigerators sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to nearly $700 million each year and 9 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 870,000 vehicles."
Learn more about Energy Star approved Refrigerators
For a list of Energy Star certified refrigerators, visit this website.
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