FPL’s typical residential bills are already the lowest in the state, but we strive to help customers save even more. I spoke with one such customer who is using our tools to take control of his energy use. Originally from New York, Mr. J. Patla has been traveling to Florida since 1992 and recently made […]
Does it cost more to run a refrigerator in the garage due to higher temperatures?
That is a great question. Yes, a refrigerator in a garage can cost a little more to run, especially in the hot summer months versus a refrigerator in your air-conditioned kitchen. Data from FPL research performed in Florida indicates that a refrigerator in the garage costs $11 more each year to run than a refrigerator in the kitchen. The study found the average refrigerator in the kitchen today costs $84 a year while the average appliance in the garage costs $95 a year to operate.
What causes the difference?
The difference in cost can be attributed to two primary factors:
1. Your garage is typically warmer than your kitchen since garages are not air-conditioned and therefore the refrigerator will run a little longer to maintain the larger temperature difference between the inside and outside of the appliance.
2. Most customers do not buy new refrigerators for their garage. Instead, they typically buy a new refrigerator for the kitchen and move their older, less efficient refrigerator to the garage which can cost more to run.
How old is that refrigerator in your garage and what is it costing?
So your refrigerator may not be this old, but for the sake of comparison, the average refrigerator made in 1984 uses 1170 kWh or about $117 a year while a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator could cost less than $40 a year to run.
So, now that you know the facts, how much is it worth to you to keep those extra drinks cold?
Thinking it’s time to buy a new refrigerator?
Make sure to purchase an ENERGY STAR® refrigerator to save as much as 40 percent on energy costs. Be sure to buy only the size you need (no larger) and compare features and energy use. Side-by-side models use more energy than top-and-bottom ones.
Visit FPL.com/appliances to learn more about appliances, the costs to run them and how you can be more energy efficient and save money.