The U.S. government has a program that can help you make an EnergyWise decision when purchasing electric appliances for the home. Always look for the ENERGY STAR logo!

When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags: one that you pay at the store and another that you pay for the energy and water the appliance uses once you get it home. ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10 to 50% less energy and water than standard models. The money you save on your utility bills can more than makeup for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model.

Simple actions can make a big difference. If just 1 in 10 homes used ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances, the change would be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.


In most households, the refrigerator is the single biggest energy-consuming kitchen appliance. Looking for the ENERGY STAR could make a huge difference when considering the purchase of a new refrigerator. For example, replacing a refrigerator bought in 1990 with a new ENERGY STAR qualified model would save enough energy to light the average household for nearly 4 months.

Additional Refrigerator EnergyWise Tips

You may also be interested to know that you can reduce the amount of energy your refrigerator or freezer uses, whether with a standard or an ENERGY STAR qualified model:

  • Position your refrigerator away from a heat source such as an oven, a dishwasher, or direct sunlight from a window.
  • Cleaning the coils (on the back or underneath) will help transfer the heat and make the unit run less.
  • Make sure the door seals are airtight.
  • Keep your refrigerator between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Minimize the amount of time the refrigerator door is open.
  • Recycle older or second refrigerators – or if you have a second older inefficient refrigerator for refreshments, consider unplugging it! Ask us for more info on a refrigerator recycling program that is currently available.

For more information about the ENERGY STAR program visit the ENERGY STAR website.

Northeast Power wants you to get the most energy value for your money. It costs far less to save energy than it does to build a new power plant to generate additional power.