The refrigerator is typically the most used appliance in a home. As you prepare to purchase, consider:
Energy consumption: A refrigerator can account for up to 15% of a home’s electricity bill. Choose an ENERGY STAR certified appliance, rated at 46 kWh or less per year.
Available space: Measure… and then measure again to avoid an unpleasant surprise when it comes to installation day.
Electrical connection: Make sure there’s an outlet where you plan to install the fridge. Using an extension cord is not a proper option.
Water connection: Refrigerators with ice makers and filtered water need a water supply.
Distance from over dishwasher: Any other nearby source of heat can add to the fridge’s energy consumption. The temperature difference between the inside and the outside of the refrigerator has a dire impact on electricity usage.