Electricity Saving Tips For Homes And Offices

Refrigerator placement for electricity saving

By on April 22, 2016

Refrigerators are one of the biggest energy consuming appliances at home which consumes as much as 15% of electricity in a typical urban household. Refrigerators take the heat from food (to make them cool) and push the heat outside. Thus it is very important the environment around the refrigerator should be cool enough to take the heat. And it is also important to place the refrigerator right for it’s efficient operation.

People when they buy a refrigerator typically try to place it in a corner in the kitchen. Care should be taken on following before placing the same:

  • It is very important to place it in a way to provide enough space for the air to flow around it. Refrigerators release heat from back or bottom and most manufacturers specify the clearence space needed by their models in the handbooks they provide along with the product. If the information is not available, as a thumb rule, it is better to provide at least 6 inch of free space around the refrigerator to help the heat generated by motor and compressor to escape.
  • It is also important to keep refrigerators away from sun light, so keeping it close to a window will make the refrigerator work harder to keep the food cool inside thereby increasing the electricity consumption and units consumed.
  • Quite often people use top of the refrigerator as a storage spot. It is very important to keep the space clean to provide breathing space to the refrigerator.
  • Do not keep any heat sources around the refrigerator. Avoid keeping gas stoves, microwave, ovens, etc close to refrigerators.
  • Keeping the refrigerator in a well ventilated room will improve the efficiency of the refrigerator as it will allow cooler air to come around the refrigerator.

As per energy guide with increase of every 5-6 degree centigrade, the energy consuption of a refrigerator increases by 40% which can significantly impact electricity bills. Thereby it is very important to place refrigerators in right location. Also always buy a BEE 5 star rated refrigerator for saving electricity. To know more about BEE star rated refrigerators please see our article below.

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Hi Is there a benefit of going for external coils against enclosed coils?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Not really. You should look more at energy efficiency and gross volume and other features that you need.


H Abhishek,
I stay in Kalyan sub-urb of Mumbai. Presently we are using a 265 ltr refrigerator and now planning to buy a refrigerator between 480 - 500 ltrs. Our constraint is that we can have a refrigerator of max. 28.5 inches width considering the space kept for the refrigerator at the time of furnishing of our flat 3 years ago. We have looked at (latest) models provided by Samsung, LG etc. The LG refrigerators available in the market has more width for these capacities. Samsung does have some good options within the required width but my wife is not happy with the inside arrangements of shelves of these models. She prefers to have a refrigerator with bottom freezer. One of her friend is using Siemens' KG57NAI40I which is 505 Ltrs with bottom refrigerator and has width of 28 inches. Could you please review and advise your opinion about the Siemens' model mentioned above? Thanks
Alternatively you may suggest other model meeting above requirements.
Thanks in advance

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Paresh,

Siemens is a good brand (it is a german leader), but then they generally do not have very energy efficient model options in India. You will find it to be good in technology. But its electricity consumption may be on a bit of a higher side. I would suggest that you also look at models from Hitachi and Panasonic as they have models with inverter technology compressor which is highly energy efficient. Brand wise also they are quite good. As the bottom freezer models are not rated by BEE on star rating yet, so I do not have much data to compare. But then I have seen good models in these brands.


Thanks for the quick response Abhishek. Could you please suggest some models of Hitachi and Panasonic with that capacity? Thanks again

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Panasonic does not have a BEE star rated inverter AC yet. You can check Hitachi RSG312EAEA


Hi Abhishek, in the response you suggested about AC. My query in this section was about refrigerator. Could you please advise? Thanks again

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at these:

Hitachi R-WB480PND2 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2n6kGLg , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/ojQatTuuuN ) this is 456 lts but this is the best that I could find that fits your size of 28.5 inches. You can check the specifications here: http://www.jci-hitachi.in/images/products/specifications/spe_1413200982.pdf

Another one that I could find that fits your kitchen size is Panasonic NR-BW465VN (again a 450 lts one that could fit in your kitchen).

Both of these are the best that could fit in your kitchen. Anything beyond this is getting wide. And these have inverter technology compressor.


Thanks Abhishek, I will check these models.


Hi Abhishek,

One more think, whether convertible refrigerator works properly? I am asking this bcoz guy at LG showroom told me tht it wl nt work properly, dnt go with tht. At the other hand Samsung guy told me tht Samsung's wl work properly, LG's models having issues in convertible fridger.

Pls tell me, is it right? Or it is just representative 's sales strategy to sell particular model.

Also I saw many Samsung convertible refrigerator having tht digital panel, and some of LG convertible refridgerator having button panel, one representative at another showroom told me tht those digital panel wl have warranty of only one year, and if it cause any issue after one year it wl b costly as compare to button panel which is in LG.

Pls advice in this.


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

HI Vijay,

Although I just have a 6 month experience with a convertible refrigerator from Samsung. But my personal one is working fine. I am not sure where the salesman got the feedback from.


Thanks Abhishek.


Hi Abhishek, I am planning to buy a refrigerator with good brand value and it should be energy efficient in the range 250 litre to 310 litre, my budget is upto 32k, could you pls suggest me best refrigerator in this range. Also previously I read your article and reviews and I came to know that LG and Samsung are the top brands among these all, as these are the only tht having invertor compressor technology, but today when I see your top ten list, it shows whirlpool model is at no. 1 position, does whirlpool also having invertor technology? , also whether it is having convertible fridger option? .Can i go with Whirlpool as it is listed at no. 1 position or LG and Samsung are the best? If I want buy LG or samsung which is the best between two and which model.
Could you pls help me out in this.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

I think I just replied to you on this on your previous message.


whirlpool 3 door refrigerator say it consumes less electricity that 6oW
CFL. Should we believe that? or should we go for invertor technology

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Well it depends on a lot of factors. 1) Electricity consumption depends on how long you use the bulb and how much is the wattage.

A typical 3 door refrigerator of about 300 lts should not consume more than 1-1.2 units of electricity per day. 1 units is 1000 Watt-hour.

Now if you have a 60 W bulb, it would consume 1 units in 1000/60 = 16 hrs. So if you use 60 W bulb for 16 hours, it would consume 1 unit of electricity.

Almost all good models of that size would consume less than a CFL (if you consider usage of a CFL for 24 hours), so it is not just with Whirlpool.


whirlpool triple door and Lg 4 star double door: which fridge will consume less power ....?

Which will be the best of it...?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

As there is no data available for Triple Door models, no one can give you an objective answer. But based on our experience with data from Whirlpool and LG, I would guess that LG would be better.


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