A fridge is an essential part of the kitchen. And advances in fridge technology have increased efficiency. And are designed to make your life easier. As well as keeping food fresh for longer, they also cut down on wasted energy. So, how many watts does a fridge use? Read on…
Refrigerator Wattage Calculation
The individual wattage for your fridge is worked out with the figures provided by the manufacturer. You’ll find a sticker informing you of the voltage and amperage of the appliance. For example, 120 volts and 6 amps multiplied together will get a current of 720 watts.
Modern fridges are very energy efficient compared to older models. You can get a small fridge that uses a mere 100 watts, and even larger styles will use from 180 to 400 watts annually.
Refrigerator energy consumption can be determined by finding the daily or annual rating to use as your base calculation. Multiply the unit’s wattage by the number of hours you use it to find watt-hours consumed. On your electricity bill the measure is in kilowatt hours. So, you’ll need to divide that figure by 1000.
Then you have to work out how much kWh is used by your fridge each month by multiplying it out. You’ll then be able to calculate the cost of operating your fridge by seeing how much you pay per kilowatt hour. There are plenty of online conversion charts to avoid any over-complicated mathematics!
The power consumption of household appliances compared to your fridge are much greater. Your tumble dryer for example will use almost six times more even though you use it for less time. And this figure can be up to 5,000 watts. Dishwashers use approximately 1,800 watts, with laptops and other small electrical appliances coming in at around 50 watts or less.
Energy-starred refrigerators use much less electricity. About 20% less than older models. Appliances are graded from A to G. A is the most efficient based on how many units of energy used per hour – the kWh consumption. The lower the consumption the more efficient the appliance is.
Generally speaking the greater the internal volume of the fridge, the more it will cost to run.
Benefits of Upgrading
As your fridge is on 24 hour a day it makes sense to have one that also fits in more food more efficiently. Thinner insulation panels free up much more space for storage.
Modern designs ensure there are plenty of useful storage spaces. Sliding shelves, butter keepers, and extra deep door pockets all contribute to using less energy as cold air has more room to circulate. The best size is between 16 and 20 cubic feet to avoid overfilling.
Your fridge consumes less than 15% of your home’s energy. And the type of model you choose can affect that figure. Opening the fridge door accounts for about 7% of that total energy usage. Side-by-side fridges incorporate exterior drawer concepts let you access regularly used items without opening the main fresh food compartment. This reduces the amount of energy used even further.
Setting up parts of your fridge to become a freezer is brand new technology. In warmer months with more fresh food and perishable items you can set three fridge and one freezer compartment. As the weather changes you can turn both bottom compartments into freezers.
Need a Fridge Repair?
When your fridge isn’t working properly your local appliance repair experts will have a solution. A team of fully qualified engineers will quickly diagnose the problem. And fix it on the spot. You’ll get a fast response time. Be able to make an appointment that suits you. And get a six-month parts and labour guarantee. It’s as easy as that.