- How much electricity does a refrigerator use? -

A refrigerator, most commonly known as a fridge, it is one of the most common household appliances. 

Our fridges are permanently connected to power, consuming electricity. Therefore, we need to be make sure that the energy usage it is reasonable and that our fridges do not waste electricity unecessarily.

Nowadays the refrigerators are rather efficient and the electricity cost per year it is quite reasonable. But, if you want to know how much does it cost you to run your fridge, you need to start by running some basic calculations

Refrigerator electricity cost

For example, according to this energy label, this fridge uses 389 kWh per year.. 

Because we pay to our electricity provider 0,217 euro per every Kilowatt hour (kWh) we consume, this fridge would cost us 84,4 euro every year on electricity costs.

Electricity usage and cost calculator

This calculator does not account for factors that may increase or decrease your fridge electricity consumption. 

If your fridge it is old and the gaskets are damaged, the electricity consumption will increase.

If you are a Tetris master and you are able to pack the food into your fridge super efficiently, you may be able to reduce the electricity consumption.

Still, this calculator will give you a good estimation on the electricity cost of your fridge based on its power consumption.

 

You just need to know the fridge yearly power usage and how much you are paying to your electricity provider per kWh.

Still, if you want to know the exact electricity usage of your fridge, your best option is to use a plug in power meter to measure the electricity consumption. 

For more details, have a look to this post that we have created to show you how to use a plug in power meter to measure your appliances and devices power consumption.

Plug in power meter electricity consumption

A few other examples from our ‘Electricity usage calculators‘ page that may be of your interest:

Additional information

Not everybody it is familiar with terms like Watts, Kilowatts or Kilowatt hours so if you would learn more about them, have a look to this video that we have prepared for you.

All our videos can be found in YouTube, in both English and Spanish languages.

If you are looking for saving electricity at home, have a look to this video where we provide some useful tips to reduce the electricity consumption and decrease the electricity bill.

Electricity conservation - Save and conserve energy

Energy conservation can be defined as the decision and the act of using less energy

Energy conservation both benefit you and the environment

The act of saving and conserving electricity does benefit you because you will be paying less on your energy bills. 

And it also does benefit the environment because conserving electricity prevents any unnecessary waste of natural resources.

Now, at individual level it may not look worth to try to save a few watts here or there. 

Still, every little counts and if hundreds or thousands of us do save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.

 

For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 10 Watts per hour (0,01 kWh) worth of electricity per day, that would add to 32850 Kilowatt hour (kWh) per year. 

That is a considerable amount of electricity, but let’s add additional perspectives for clarity:

  • Assuming an average cost of 0,18 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or any other currency) we would collectively be saving nearly 6000 euro per year.
  •  To produce 32850 kWh of electricity it is necessary to use around 17 metric tons of coal or 56 barrels of residual fuel oil.
Have a look to this page for more information about the amount of resources needed to produce electricity.
 

In any case it is clear that small energy savings do really count when looking into the bigger picture.

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