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Asked on: December 30, 2010 by S. Morgan, West Palm Beach
My husband and I are in a heated debate, again! I want a second refrigerator in the garage for the extra storage space, and as usual, he is worried about the cost. How much would this new refrigerator add to our electric bill?
Depending on the size and model, an extra refrigerator could cost at least $100 a year ($8.33 monthly) to operate. Remember that most garages are not air-conditioned, which means a refrigerator there is going to work harder to maintain a cooler temperature. It’s also not a good idea to move your current, possibly less efficient refrigerator into the garage. If you convince your husband to see things your way, you may want to consider buying a new refrigerator. If you do, 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. Also be sure to purchase an Energy Star®-rated product to save as much as 40 percent on energy costs. Visit www.FPL.com/appliances to learn how much it costs to operate other appliances in your home.
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