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The bigger the refrigerator, the less power it consumes

Published on August 28, 2019

Unless the size of your family or your shopping or cooking habits force you to store food as if a nuclear attack was imminent, it’s best to choose a normal-sized refrigerator.

We mustn’t forget that the refrigerator has the dubious honour of being the household appliance with the highest electricity consumption. And it’s not just a matter of power – who takes it into their head to unplug it for a couple of hours, except to defrost it?

The Consumers’ Association has done the maths, and they found that for every 100 litres capacity, power consumption increases by about 120 kWh per year. That’s about 15 euros.

If you’re thinking about buying a new refrigerator, don’t concentrate so much on the size and take a good look at the letters. The difference between a class A and a class A+++ refrigerator may mean a saving of as much as 60% of your electricity bill.