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Fridges and freezers

Fridges and freezers are expensive appliances to run because they are never turned off - but there are ways to keep costs down.

Look for three or more stars when you’re buying a fridge, or risk wasting hundreds of dollars on power over its lifetime.

Compare star ratings

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  • The Energy Rating Label helps you compare the running costs of an appliance. The more stars, the more energy efficient it is.
  • Compare models with the same star rating by looking at the energy consumption specification on the label.
  • The lower the energy consumption, the more you save on running the appliance.

Save up to 23 per cent on the running costs of your fridge or freezer with every extra star.

Don’t waste your energy

Running costs can exceed the purchase price of some electrical appliances, so don’t waste money buying models that are not energy-efficient. Use the Energy Rating Calculator to compare before you buy.

  • Look for a minimum of three stars when buying a two door fridge, chest freezer or upright freezer.
  • Choose the right size for your household’s needs; one that is regularly less than two-thirds full is probably too big.
  • Look for a model with a door alarm, inverter technology and adjustable defrost.
  • Look for thermostat controls that are easy to read and use. Consider a chest freezer, as they are more efficient than upright models.

Running cost comparison

New two door fridge and freezerStar ratingAnnual cost ~

520 litres – large







430 litres – large





370 litres – medium





250 litres – small





~ Approximate per annum. Based on 32 cents/ kWh. A four star rated 520-litre fridge/freezer will cost $420 less to run over its lifetime, compared with a 2½ star-rated unit of the same size. Running costs estimated on electricity rates at June 2014 and machine being used continuously for 10 years.

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Page last updated: 29 January 2016