Searching around for the best energy efficient freezer for your home? Good idea.
If you’re considering buying a new freezer, look for an Energy Star-approved model. They use less energy to power them, so they help the environment and save you money on your utility bills.
The Energy Star program recommends that when you purchase a new freezer, you choose a manually-defrosting model, as they use less energy than automatically-defrosting models. Also, buy an appropriately-sized model that fits your needs. Larger-capacity freezers need more energy to keep cold, so if you don’t need a lot of space, get a smaller model. Freezers also use less energy when they are full than when they are empty. And choose a chest freezer over an upright freezer, as the top-mounted door allows less cold air to escape.
This list was compiled in May 2011 from data on the Energy Star website, and models were ordered by percentage of less energy each consumes, compared to the mandated energy usage for a unit that size. Some of the most efficient are small, refrigerator/freezer combos, but we only list dedicated freezers here.
Please note that entries with asterisks (*) denote characters in the model codes that deal with color, or other factors that have nothing to do with energy use.
This is a 14.8-cubic-foot model with an insulated cabinet and lid. It will defrost manually and has an easy-access drain. Energy Star estimates that it will use 354 kwh of power a year. This model is 11% more efficient than standard units of this size. It costs $580.
This model is also offers 14.8 cu. ft. of space. It has rounded corners and a dishpan drain for manual defrosting. It uses 354 kwh of electricity. This model is 11% more efficient. It’s priced around $540.
This model has 10.6 cu. ft. of storage capacity and comes with a removable basket. It features manual defrost. It uses 277 kwh of power a year. It’s 15% more efficient. It retails for around $390.
This model features 6.4 cu ft of storage space, manual defrost and a lock-on lid. It’s estimated that it will use 214 kwh of electricity a year. This model is 20% more efficient. It usually retails for about $300.
This is a 3.5 cu ft model with a removable basket and defrost drain, for manual defrosting. Energy Star says that it’ll use 172 kwh of energy a year. It’s more efficient by 20%. It costs around $240.
This is a 5.3 cu. ft. model with manual defrost and other features. It’s estimated by Energy Star to consume 196 kwh of electricity annually and is more efficient by 21%. It costs around $280.
This is a manual defrost model with 5.1 cu. ft. of storage space and thermostat controls. It is estimated that it’ll burn 191 kwh of electricity annually. This model is 22% more efficient. It costs around $220.
This model has manual defrost and holds a capacity of 7.05 cu. ft. It’ll use around 215 kwh of energy a year. It is 23% more efficient. It retails for around $278.
This is a 7.05 cu. ft. manual-defrost model with thermostat controls. It will use an estimated 215 kwh of power a year, as compared to the federal standard of 279 kwh for a freezer its size. This is a 23% improvement. It costs $380.
This model features a removable basket, frost controls and an easily-accessible defrost drain. Its capacity is 7.05 cu. ft. It’s estimated that it will use 215 kwh a year, making it 23% more energy-efficient, for its size. It costs $260.