Last updated on 28 December 2018
Fridges and freezers operate 24/7 throughout the year. They therefore represent 20-30% or more of a household's average electricity consumption. By choosing an efficient fridge and/or freezer that meets your needs, you can easily reduce your electricity bill.
Energy labels on electrical appliances are mandatory in Europe and tell you:
To make sure that you do not use too much electricity, choose an appliance that suits your needs and the size of your household. For a person living alone, the recommended size is 100 litres, with an extra 50 litres per additional person.
Ask yourself the following questions:
A combined fridge and freezer (fridge freezer) is the ideal solution for people with limited space, but such appliances do have some downsides:
If you do go for this option, choose a model with two compressors. The two compartments therefore function independently and regulate temperature better, thus consuming less electricity.
|Chest freezers are generally better insulated than tall or under the counter freezers and consume 15-25% less electricity.|
The city of Brussels grants bonuses to anyone buying a new A+++ fridge (A from 2019). But be aware, you need to send the grant application form to the Eco Advice Service (cellule Éco-conseil/Milieuraadgeving) within 4 months of buying your appliance.
Class A++ fridges and freezers may be bought using eco vouchers.
Made your choice? Now you need to start using your new appliance properly. Discover a few simple rules for using your appliance efficiently and with an eye to consumption by reading the question 'How to reduce the power consumption of my refrigerator and freezer?'
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