Answered By: General Reference
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 26

As a general rule you want to (a) gather information about refrigerators, (b) identify the criteria you will use to make your decision (such as cost, capacity, efficiency, safety), and (c) delay making your purchase until you have evaluated several possibilities and are in a position to make a rational (and non-impulsive) decision.

A good starting point is to look at consumer reviews.

One open access (free) source for such information is ConsumerSearch (owned by About.com of The New York Times Company) where you can search or browse for information on refrigerators.

In order to ensure you have information necessary to identify energy efficient models you may want to search Google or a comparable search tool for the following searches:

efficiency refrigerators site:.org

efficiency refrigerators site:.gov

These searches should locate information such as the California Energy Commission’s Consumer Energy Commission Refrigerators and Freezers page and the federal government’s Energy Star program page for Refrigerators.

Thank you for your question.  If you need additional assistance please contact a reference librarian at (203) 371-7726 or reference@sacredheart.edu.

 

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