Freezers are one of the few appliances that are on all the time, so it’s important to get an energy efficient model. This makes a difference to your utility bills and reduces your impact on the environment.
But which models are the most efficient, and which cost a little more to run? Scroll down to find out more.
THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING
The simplest way of narrowing down products for energy efficiency is to use the energy label. Thanks to EU regulations, every freezer has to have one of these displayed, so you can quickly tell an appliance’s grade.
The scale goes from A+++ for the most efficient appliances, down to G for the least efficient. The rating is calculated based on energy consumption in relation to internal volume.
It is worth keeping in mind that, in the next few years, the energy efficiency labelling system will be undergoing a rehaul. EU rules will make A the highest rating and G the lowest, to avoid confusing consumers.
New models with modern technology will likely be much more efficient.
BEYOND THE RATING
Of course, there are other aspects to take into account regarding energy efficiency – that go beyond the letter rating.
For instance, two different sized freezers with A++ ratings could have very different running costs, as a bigger appliance will normally require more energy. Buying the right size appliance to suit your demands will help improve your energy costs.
OLD VS. NEW
If you have an old freezer and are thinking of upgrading, new models with modern technology will likely be much more efficient.
Manufacturers now only produce freezers that are rated A+ to A+++. This means you can feel confident that your new freezer will have a good efficiency rating.
Running costs can have a big impact on your freezer expenses in the long run. Energy efficient models can cost as little as £20 to £25 a year. However, if you have an older or less efficient appliance, it may cost you much more to run – up to and over £100, with some particularly old models costing over £150.
If you purchase the most efficient freezer over one of the least efficient, you could save hundreds of pounds across its lifespan.
HELPING YOUR FREEZER
There are a few measures you can take to ensure that you get the most efficient performance from your freezer.
It might seem obvious, but putting anything hot or warm in the freezer should be avoided. It can raise the internal temperature and affect the frozen contents, meaning the freezer has to work harder.
Make sure to keep your door fully closed as much as possible. An open door means cold air escapes and warm air enters. If you’re prone to leaving the door open, consider buying a model with an acoustic alarm that will remind you to close it.
Keeping your freezer fuller means there is less empty space that is needlessly cooled. Why not stock up on spares or prepare some meals in advance?
Frost and ice in the freezer also lower efficiency. If you’re not a fan of defrosting manually, consider a frost free model.