|Starts||19 Jul 2012 (Thu)||Ends||25 Jul 2012 (Wed)|
Energy-saving refrigerators have the potential to help you save a lot on your monthly utilities bills, since they’re in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Here are some important factors to consider before you buy an energy-saving refrigerator from Harvey Norman
How many ticks? – A product’s energy label is a quick way to determine how efficient or “green” it is. Each label has between zero (least efficient) and four ticks (most efficient). Labels will be prominently displayed so you know at a glance how energyefficient a refrigerator is.
Green compressors – Refrigerators that use linear compressors can use significantly less energy than those that use conventional compressors. Compressors account for a large part of a refrigerator’s energy consumption, so more efficient compressors can help to reduce energy bills by a significant amount. Linear compressors are also quieter than conventional models as they have fewer moving parts.
Keep it cool – Door seals play a small but important part in reducing energy consumption. Some manufacturers treat their seals to help reduce or prevent the growth of mould. This helps to maintain a tight seal, which prevents cold air from seeping out, using less energy in the long run.
Zone control – Some refrigerators have separate “zones” that allow you to store various foods at different temperatures. So if you store food that needs to be kept at a cooler temperature, there’s no need to reduce the temperature of the entire chamber, just the section you want.
Light-bulb moment – Low-wattage LED bulbs not only use less energy than conventional bulbs, they also last longer and run cooler, which in turn means your refrigerator requires less energy to keep your food cool.
Cooling system – Refrigerators with vents at the back and sides of the internal chamber distribute cold air more evenly. This helps save energy as it means that all your food is kept equally cool, wherever it’s stored in the refrigerator.
Sensor technology – “Smart” refrigerators use built-in sensors to automatically adjust the refrigerator’s temperature based on factors such as load and internal temperature. Door sensors detect how often the refrigerator is opened and closed. Light sensors detect the ambient brightness and adjust the brightness of the internal lighting. This helpful technology helps ensure your refrigerator never uses more energy than it needs to. Sensors also help them “learn” your daily usage patterns to help optimise energy saving operations.
Saving Gaia – Some refrigerators don’t just use less energy, they help to save the environment as well by using natural gas refrigerants that do not damage the ozone layer and don’t contribute to the greenhouse effect.
Models listed are HITACHI Fridge R-ZG451EMS, FISHER & PAYKEL Fridge E381T, SHARP Fridge SJ-WS355T-HS, SAMSUNG Fridge RF-62TBPN, BOSCH Fridge KGN36S56, ELECTROLUX Fridge EBM5107SC, MITSUBISHI Fridge MR-EX62S-AT, LG Fridge GR-M703GPH and PANASONIC Fridge NR-BW465XSSG
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