Use the EnergyGuide label to make an informed decision. All refrigerators and freezers must include an EnergyGuide label on the product or the label must be displayed online for products that are marketed on websites.

These bright yellow EnergyGuide labels show you how much it may cost to run your refrigerator/freezer each year based on the amount of energy it uses, and helps you compare energy use among similar models.

While the EnergyGuide labels you see on both older and newer refrigerators and freezers will look similar, there are significant differences to be aware of — so you can make a well-informed decision about your refrigerator/freezer purchase.

Remember, Energy Efficiency = Cost Efficiency. The more energy efficient an appliance is, the less it costs to operate, and the lower your utility bills could be.

Look for utility or manufacturer rebates to help reduce the cost for you to purchase a new appliance.

This sample label explains how to use the EnergyGuide label as you shop:


The sample labels below show the new and old EnergyGuide labels. As you can see, there is a black box that discourages comparing the data between the two labels. Again, this is because the data is based on different measurements and on new national average electricity costs. While you should not compare data on the old and new labels, the EnergyGuide label can still be very helpful as you shop.  Just be sure to compare only similar labels to each other.