What appliances are switched on and functioning all the time in your home? Only two spring to mind (unless you leave your TV or sound system blasting out 24/7). That will be the central heating/air conditioning and the fridge freezer. After central heating, domestic cooling appliances are the biggest contributor to your energy bill because they’re left switched on round the clock. They account for approximately 20% of the electricity consumed by all of the domestic appliances in your home. That’s something to stop and make you think…
Time was when no-one really cared much about the efficiency of fridges, but with governments and communities all going green and trying to reduce the carbon footprint, manufacturers have been racing to produce the most efficient white appliances.
All fridge freezers have EU energy labels. These range from the obscene power hungry eco-unfriendly G rating, to the ultra-efficient A+++. However efficient running isn’t always paired with cheaper running. Recent tests have shown that even in the same energy ratings, the actual cost of running an fridge-freezer can vary a lot.
But there is something that is often forgotten. A fridge freezer that has a top energy label and low running costs won’t save you money if it breaks down after a couple of years. The costs involved in repairing it or replacing it will likely outweigh the energy-savings benefits. So reliability is an important factor.
Here we look at a new A+++ fridge freezer that has got good reviews in terms of reliability and novel features. It is from LG Electronics (LG).
The LG GB7143AESF delivers A+++ efficiency using their Linear Compressor technology. The compressor is one of the most important components in a refrigerator’s operation, accounting for about 80% of a refrigerator’s total energy consumption. LG has undertaken a redesign of the compressor and engineered one with fewer parts to make the Linear Compressor more energy efficient, extremely quiet, optimise freshness and increase reliability. In fact all their cooling products that have this feature will carry a 10 Year Parts Warranty on the motor.
To help keep food fresher for longer, LG’s Moist Balance Crisper should ensure that you can wave ta-ta to limp lettuce and soggy cucumber forever!
The Dual Tower LED lighting to the fridge, powered by LG’s own energy-efficient LED emits a superb white light so you’ll always be able to see into the far corners of the fridge. Of course a further benefit to using LEDs to illuminate the fridge is that no heat is given off from LED lighting, therefore it is not working against the cooling process as was traditional fridge lighting, delivering improved efficiency.
Available from July 2012, the GB7143AESF comes with the increasingly popular brushed steel finish. It retails at about £1100.
Other manufacturers are producing A+++ fridge freezers such as Bosch, Siemens, Samsung and Smeg. Also well worth a look is the ultra-stylish PANASONIC NR-B32FX2-XB.