Retire extra Refrigerator/Freezer

An extra refrigerator or freezer can cost you up to an extra $250 per year!  The older it is, the higher the cost.  Do you really need that extra fridge?

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Upfront Cost
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  • Save energy and money
  • Make more room in your home or garage
  • Reduce carbon emissions and air pollution

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The Action
We will retire one extra refrigerator or stand alone freezer.
Is this action for me?
If you own your home, that action is for you.
When and Who?
This action can be done any time! Contacting a company to pick up your old fridge for proper disposal is recommended.
How long will it take?
Quick - a bit of time to clean out the fridge and schedule pick up.
What is the cost?
No cost - and lots of savings.


  • Save energy and money

  • Make more room in your home or garage

  • Reduce carbon emissions and air pollution

The Basics

It might seem like a money saving strategy to use an old refrigerator or freezer for storing extra food. However, it can actually cost much more in electricity bills than it saves in food costs or convenience. If you can rearrange to use a single refrigerator, retiring an old fridge can make a big difference on your energy bill!


Think about whether you need that extra fridge
Figure out your potential savings
Dispose and recycle with care

falseDo You Really Need that Old Refrigerator or Freezer?

In many homes, an old refrigerator or freezer is used for just a few items, or often times it stores lots of food that is probably past it’s safe lifetime.  It can also be used for special occasions, perhaps a birthday party or a family holiday dinner.  Consider whether you can rearrange and downsize to your primary refrigerator.  Some ideas include: cleaning out both your current fridges to see if what’s left can be consolidated into one, or committing to cleaning out your main fridge to make extra room for temporary excesses, such as during parties or holidays.  If you only use it occasionally, the other option is to clean it out and unplug it when not in use.  You will not only save money by retiring your extra fridge, you will also lower your impact and help protect our future.

Figure out your potential savings

Refrigerators and freezers have improved in energy efficiency by over 200% in the last 25 years.  That’s a big difference!  In 1993, new efficiency guidelines set much higher standards for home refrigerators and freezers.  If you retire a refrigerator that was manufactured before 1993, you will save on average $250 or more a year.  The next big advancement was in 2000.  If your refrigerator was manufactured from 1993 to 2000, you will save on average $150 or more by retiring your extra fridge.  If your current refrigerator was built in 2001 or later, the savings are much smaller.  If possible, retire the older refrigerator or freezer and keep the newer unit.  The annual savings may be a bit smaller for freezer-only units.  The savings listed above should be a good average estimate for your household.  Look up your specific refrigerator type to calculate an even closer estimate.

Dispose and Recycle Responsibly

Refrigerators contain substances that can create severe environmental damage if not disposed of properly. These include ozone depleting substances, greenhouse gases, mercury, and PCBs.  Some common substances found in refrigerants are 10,000 times more powerful greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide!  Federal law requires appliances with hazardous substances be properly disposed or recycled.  Call your local waste hauler or recycling center to arrange for a pickup or a drop-off at an authorized disposal center where it will be responsibly and safely disposed of.  Learn more about appliance disposal.