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Save the planet with these top-rated energy efficient fridge models

Plus, our top tips for lowering your fridge's energy usage.
Annette O'Brien/aremediasyndication.com.au

While your dishwasher and clothes dryer get some time off when not actively in use, the mighty fridge never gets a day off. As one of the few household appliances that never hits the hay, it’s important to do your research for energy efficient fridge models before making an investment.  

As reported by CHOICE, a fridge generally accounts for eight per cent of your total household energy consumption, and is considered energy efficient if its energy star rating is four or above.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best energy efficient fridges – from bottom mount fridges, top mount fridges and side-by-side fridges  on the Australian market, so that you can save on energy and the subsequent bills.

The best energy efficient fridges to buy in Australia 2024

Kogan Side By Side Fridge

Kogan 592L side by side fridge with water dispenser, $919, Kogan

Energy rating: 4 star

The Kogan 592L side-by-side fridge offers an enormous capacity, adjustable shelving and multi-temperature zones, providing optimal storage for both fresh and frozen goods. You’ve got easy control over the temperature, a handy anti-frost feature and an inverter fan for efficient and icicle-free operation.

“I needed a new fridge and this one ticked all the boxes,” wrote a five-star reviewer. “It is just what I was looking for and it was great value!”

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LG 420L bottom mount refrigerator, $1299, The Good Guys

Energy rating: 5 star

LG knows a thing or two about effective appliances as evidenced by its win for CHOICE’s Best Brand for fridges in 2022. This bottom mount fridge freezer boasts Surround Cooling to cool from front and back, door cooling, a two-step folding shelf for tall items and a timeless stainless steel finish.

“This product works exactly as described, the compact size fits my small kitchen perfectly and the doors are able to be reversed for left or right opening,” said a satisfied customer.

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Hisense 496L silver top mount fridge, $999, Bing Lee

Energy rating: 4.5 star

This Hisense energy efficient fridge is a reliable kitchen staple perfect for families that need just a bit more fridge space, and features a 496-litre capacity, non-plumbed water dispenser and adjustable glass shelves. Better cooling and quieter operation is ensured by the inverter motor, while the soft LED light and multi-function touch control panel add convenience.

“Overall this is a great fridge freezer,” wrote a reviewer. “The spaciousness is an instant wow factor. I really like that there is good lighting in both sections. I am not a home owner so I love that the water dispenser is not plumbed in.”

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TCL 416L bottom mount refrigerator, $899, The Good Guys

Energy rating: 5 star

This five-star energy rating fridge is equal parts sustainable and stylish in matte black. It offers reversible doors, an inverter compressor, adjustable shelves, child locks and more great features. The generous 310-litre fridge compartment and 106-litre freezer also provide ample storage for your weekly groceries.

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Smeg FAB 50s style 270L retro pastel green refrigerator, $2990, Appliances Online

Energy rating: 4.5 star

Evoke the retro charm of 1950s design with this inspired Smeg model that is made in Italy, has electronic temperature control and comes in several old timey hues. Ideal for those seeking the marriage of sustainability and style in the kitchen.

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Westinghouse 624L side by side fridge, $1444, Appliances Online

Energy rating: 4.5 stars

This Westinghouse energy efficient fridge boasts a side-by-side French door-esque design – ideal if you’re looking for a reliable and stylish fridge to elevator your space. Featuring a FreshSeal crisper, SpillSafe glass shelves, Fast chill and freeze functions, energy-saving holiday mode and more functional features, this fridge is practical and eco-minded.

“Depth of shelves for storage, freezer has well planned door bins, the ice twist serve bin at the freezer door is convenient and the control panel at the fridge door is a great idea for easy viewing and accessibility,” wrote a five-star reviewer.

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Are energy efficient fridges worth it?

Investing in an energy-efficient fridge is worth it for several reasons. Not only do these fridges contribute to environmental sustainability by reducing energy consumption, but they also lead to long-term cost savings on electricity bills. Additionally, many energy-efficient models come equipped with advanced features, ensuring optimal food preservation while being environmentally responsible.

How can I make my fridge use less energy?

By following these tips, you can improve the energy efficiency of your fridge and reduce your electricity consumption (and bills!):

  • Set the temperature correctly: Ensure that your fridge temperature is set between 3°C to 5°C and your freezer is set to -15°C to -18°C.
  • Check the door seals: Regularly inspect and clean the door seals to ensure they are tight and free from dirt or damage, as loose or damaged seals can lead to energy loss.
  • Allow hot food to cool: Before placing hot leftovers or dishes in the fridge, allow them to cool down to room temperature. Placing hot items directly in the fridge makes it work harder to maintain a lower temperature.
  • Defrost regularly: Regularly defrost your freezer and remove any ice build-up.
  • Keep the fridge stocked but not overcrowded: A well-stocked fridge helps maintain a consistent temperature but an overcrowded fridge can restrict airflow and make the fridge work harder.
  • Clean the condenser coils: Dust and dirt on the condenser coils can hinder heat dissipation and reduce efficiency.

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