Electricity Saving Tips For Homes And Offices

Replacing old or buying new, why a BEE 5 star rated refrigerator always makes sense

By on April 22, 2016

Since last few weeks we have started auditing some homes in Mumbai to get a feeling of different kind of appliances available in various homes and their consumption pattern. And one interesting fact that has come to our notice is that the refrigerators are the second biggest consumers of electricity in any home after air conditioners, that too if there is a significant use of air conditioners in that home. Else refrigerators are truly the biggest consumers. The observations also show that old refrigerators consume a lot more than the new energy efficient ones and because refrigerators are kept on 24 hours a day all 365 days, it always makes sense to buy a 5 star rated refrigerator.

Observation No 1: Refrigerators consumer more units than they are rated for.

These days most refrigerators come with annual units consumption value written on them. These values are derived under test conditions and should be taken as the minimum number of units that the refrigerator can consume. The actual units depend on how the refrigerator is used, how it is kept and how frequently it is opened. In short the usage of the refrigerator drives the actual number. Based on our observation for a few refrigerators it was 50-100% more than the rated value. Here are some sample observations:


Units Consumption per day (as per BEE rating)

Units Consumption per day (actual)

% Increase

A 4 Star rated refrigerator of 310 lts volume purchased in 2008.

1.34 units per day

2 units per day


A 4 star rated refrigerator of 560 lts volume purchased in 2010

1.5 units per day

3.3 units per day


A Un-starred 310 lts refrigerator purchased in 2007

1.5 units per day

2.5 units per day


As per our analysis of BEE data, the difference between yearly units consumption in refrigerators for each additional star in star rating is about 60-100 units. But if we factor in the above observation the difference comes out to be 100-150 units per year. Which means a 3 star rated refrigerator will consume about 100-150 units more than a 4 star and similarly a 4 star rated refrigerator will consume 100-150 units more than a 5 star per year. It we take average tariff of Rs 5 per unit then it converts to Rs 500 – Rs 750 difference in operational cost. It can be more or less depending on your using cost of electricity, which can be fond out by using our calculator: Online Electricity Bill Calculator – For all states in India.

While buying a new refrigerator always buy a 5 star rated one.

We also did some analysis on the pricing of refrigerators that are available on various websites online, and found that the price difference between a 4 star rated and 5 star rated refrigerators with similar technology and same brand, is so much so that the extra price for 5 star rated refrigerators can be recovered in about a year or year and half in form of savings in electricity bills. A refrigerator will go on well at least for next 8 years, so after the recovery period it will be savings in electricity bills.

While buying a new refrigerator one should just keep a note of the year of rating as BEE star rating changes every year. It’s always good to buy a refrigerator with the latest year rating.

Observation 2: Old refrigerators consume significantly higher units as compared to new ones.

With improvement in technology, the efficiencies of refrigerators have been increasing regularly. And we saw live examples of the same when we did some recordings:


Units Consumption per day actual


A 15+ years old 260 lts volume refrigerator – un-starred

3 units per day

Old refrigerator consuming a lot of electricity and not giving enough cooling

A 12 years old 260 lts volume refrigerator – un-starred

3.5 units per day

The freezer was stuffed with food and temperature was extremely low.

On checking the units consumption of BEE 5 star rated 300 lts refrigerator we found that they are rated to consume 0.9 unit a day. Even if we add 50% on it, it should consume about 1.35 units. But the old refrigerators were consuming 3 & 3.5 units per day. Which means that replacing them with new BEE 5 star rated refrigerator will save about 1.7-2.2 units a day, which is about 620-803 units a year! Which is saving of about Rs 3000 – Rs 4000 per year if we take an average tariff of Rs 5 per unit. It can be more or less depending on the unit rate of electricity, which can be derived using our calculator: Online Electricity Bill Calculator – For all states in India.

Replace old refrigerators (12+ years old) with new energy efficient refrigerators

Buying a new refrigerator will not only save electricity but also give better cooling and more/latest features in the same sized refrigerator. Thus replacing very old refrigerators with BEE 5 star rated refrigerators make a lot of sense.

Here is a short video for tips to buy the best refrigerator in India

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I'm confused whether to buy LG or Whirlpool double door refrigerator. I need at least 335 litres in capacity. Please suggest

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

LG has inverter technology compressor which is energy efficient and better in terms of performance. But LG models will be expensive (about 35K and above). Whirlpool PRO 355 ELT 3S would cost much less (about 28-30K). But I think Inverter technology is better.


I have samsung 190 lt direct cool, 10 yrs old fridgerator. However, i want to go for a 5 star FF with large vegatable tray and inverter option. Can you please suggest some good ones to consider bearing the least cost in mind. thank you

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

By the way in FF, there are just 2 models in 5 star. Here are those:

BrandModelAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
Abhishek Jain (Mod)

What is your budget for the refrigerator? And what size are you looking at?


Budget is upto 25K and anything between 200-300 ltrs. But it must be 5star and preferable digital inverter option though not essential

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at these:

BrandModel NoAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
Suneetha R Shetty

Is two star refregerator is not preferable to purchase?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Suneetha,

I would not recommend going for two star refrigerator. At least BEE 3 star would be better.


Dear Sir,
I am planning to buy refrigerator (double door, more than 300 litres) and 5 in 1 Samsung convertible inverter type refrigerator attracts me. I have some clarifications that it is only 3-star rating and if there is any power failure is it necessary to reset the operation modes upon power supply resumed. If it will goes to factory setting then it will affect the stored item in freezer compartment by changed in refrigerator mode.
LG also having convertible type, but there is no switching off option and it is very strong construction and it has 4 star rating.
So please advise me based on the performance, energy saving, service and life expectancy.

Thanks & Regards,

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Sankar,

Samsung convertible also has BEE 4 star rated models. E.g. Samsung RT34K37547E/HL or Samsung RT37K37647E/HL ... I am not sure though how they will behave in case of power failure. LG is also a good brand. If you find LG to be better you can certainly go for LG as well. Samsung and LG are quite comparable as brands. And energy efficiency will be similar for 4 star rated models.


Hello sir,
I was looking to buy a side by side refrigerator, in a search we seen Hier HRF618SS and there team said it claim to consume less than 1 unit per day...
Request you to please the trueness of this claim. If it's not true what would be actual power consumed?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Bhavik,

90-95% of refrigerators in the market consume less than 1 unit per day. In 500+ lts range any refrigerator which is BEE 3 star rated and above will consume less than 1 unit per day. BEE 2 star would consume about 1 unit per day. So the claim is true (but it is comparable to most refrigerators in the market).


I am planning to buy a refrigerator between 500 lts to less than 600 lts approx vol. Please suggest model for inverter, non inverter with 5or 4 star rating. I dont mind buying side by side as well if it is worth considering.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

As per BEE data there are no 4 or 5 star rated models in that size range. Best you can get is BEE 3 star. You can look at these:

BrandModelAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
HITACHIR-V610PND3KX-(INX) http://fkrt.it/KnG9bTuuuN
HITACHIR-VG610PND3-(GGR) http://fkrt.it/nKwJr!NNNN

I am planning to buy a refrigerator of 300 lit vol. However I find no manufacturer mention about the temperature the refrigerator achieve in the freezer compartment and other areas. Can you give any idea? Also, whether whirlpool 3 door model FP313D royal protton is worth considering?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Anirban,

Samsung and LG models with inverter technology compressor provide exact temperature setting on their panels. What is your budget like?


Hello Abhishek Sir,
I would like to purchase refrigerator between 200-220 ltr.
I have selected haier HRD 2204PRL-R Red- Liana.
As per quality & efficient point of view is it worth for me? Is it long life?
Please tell advantage & disadvantage of this model? please tell me today.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

In that price range, it would be a great model. It is a BEE 4 star rated model and I think BEE 5 star rated model which would be more energy efficient would have been a better choice. You may get Whirlpool BEE 5 star rated models of 200 lts at about the same price. You can check these links: http://amzn.to/2twjoZp or http://amzn.to/2twCyyq .... Also this refrigerator does not have inverter technology which is in general a better technology.


Hello Sir,
Thank you for your valued feedback.
But you suggested whirlpool models are not delivered to my place by flipkart. I would like buy haier model which is also stock finished on flipkart.
Now, one more model of LG, I would like buy on amazon -
LG 190 L 4 Star Direct-Cool Single Door Refrigerator (GL-D201APOX.APOZEBN, Purple Orchid)
Please tell me how it is? it's performance?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

If you can go for any of these models then that would be good:

Samsung RR20M1Z2XBS (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2s2h5eR )
or LG GL-D201AHAI (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2sI40Jn )

These are better models. But then if you have budget constraint then the LG model that you have selected is also good. It also has inverter technology compressor.


Hi Abhishek,
I am looking for single door refrigerator.
Range between 190 ltr to 230 Ltr
Inverter with power saving , 5 Star rating.
Which one is best
1.Whirlpool DC 215 G/2017 200Ltr 133 units
2. Godrej inverter fridge (Edge pro) 122 unit
3. Lg Inverter comp 4 star 164 unit
4. Samsung dig inverter 5 Star 189 units
Please advice me....
Waiting for your reply by mail.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Whirlpool will not have Inverter technology and I think in Direct Cool (Single Door) Samsung Digital Inverter model with 5 star rating would be the best.


Hi Abhishek,

I am planning to buy a direct cool(single door) refrigerator within 200 to 215 ltr gross volume range. My preference is to go with one of the LG inverter refrigerator due to 3 reasons. a) More space than Samsung refrigerators, b) already using Whirlpool so just wanted to change if there is no major difference in unit consumption and c) already getting cost benefit of inverter technology in AC. In this respect I have few questions on which I need your opinion.

1) Is inverter refrigerator really beneficial over 5 star rated refrigerators in terms of power consumption when I am not buying a big refrigerator? In which cases 5 star rated refrigerators are having advantage over inverter technology? Assumptions to this question is a) only 30 days in a year my refrigerator will be over loaded. For rest of the days it will be below average.

2) How we can compare a 3 star inverter refrigerator vs a 5 star refrigerator in terms of power consumption? Most of the refrigerators using inverter technology I found are 3 star. Let me know if 5 star inverter is available in market.


four star inverter techonology benefit

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Shubhadip,

Inverter technology is certainly beneficial as compared to normal compressor. But then I would not say that a 3 star inverter refrigerator would be better than 5 star non inverter in terms of electricity consumption. But if the comparison is between 5 star inverter and 5 star non inverter then I would say 5 star inverter would be better.

There is a difference in star ratings in ACs, but in refrigerators there is no difference in star ratings of inverter and non inverter. So I would say go for BEE 5 star rated (or at least 4 star rated) inverter refrigerator from LG. That would be a better choice.


Thank you!


HI Abhishek
Appreciate your great work and promptness in responding to queries and for offering your suggestions
Need your suggestion on picking a refrigerator
Vegetarian Family of 5 (with occasional storing of eggs)
looking for 350 - 450 Litres .
please suggest a good power efficient model. inclined for companies like Bosch/Panasonic/HItachi .. But are they worth the extra premium in cost ..
do not mind LG /Samsung .
love to have bottom freezer models .

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Kalyan,

Bottom Freezer Model are not rated by BEE on star ratings, so we do not have data to make objective comparisons. But in general I can assume that models with inverter technology compressor should be efficient (but then it is not the case with 100% models). But without the data one has to make a best guess. Bosch does not use inverter technology compressor, but Panasonic and Hitachi do. You can check these models:

Panasonic NR-BX418VSX1
Panasonic NR-BX468VSX1
Hitachi R-WB480PND2 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2rTDwns , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/20vyl!NNNN )
Hitachi R-SG37BPND (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2qnkrIe , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/L5L4ETuuuN )

You should go for a brand that you are comfortable with. Premium brands do offer some premium value.


Thank you Abhishek ..
Pls help me with your suggested Samsung / LG Models as well

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Kalyan,

Samsung does not have bottom freezer refrigerator and LG also has only 1 model: LG GC-B519ESQZ (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/MlLcC!NNNN )


Thanks Abhishek gone for 415 L Samsung model http://www.samsung.com/in/refrigerators/top-mount-freezer-rt42m553es8tl/
I hope it is a good choice ,
I failed to get the Ampere rating of this , since I have an existing stabilizer (V-guard using for my current 190L Kelvinator refrigerator) I want to continue using the same for new one also ..
what would be the wattage of the Refrigerator ..

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Kalyan,

Firstly this is an inverter technology refrigerator. It would not require a stabilizer. But still if you want to use one, then your existing stabilizer should easily be able to handle this new one because inverter technology refrigerators do not need high current to start (which the old ones did). And because old ones needed high current to start (4-5 times standard), the stabilizers were designed to handle high current. So your bigger refigerator should also work on this old stabilizer.


Its an old Godrej refrigerator which consumes lot of energy ( hell of a lot! compressor never goes off ) thus unfit for my solar powered home. Due to this the refrigerator is connected on grid power supply and all other on solar. The refrigerator is 15+ years old. I'm planning to buy an energy efficient one which fits for my solar supply.
Which one should I buy ? [ ~200Ltr , ~17 hrs use/ day ]

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Abhimanyu,

Inverter technology refrigerators are best to work with solar. You can check these:

Samsung RR20M1Z2XR7/HL
LG GL-D201AHAI (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2qsBLPR )
Samsung RR20M172YU7/HL
LG GL-D201AHDX (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2qS9zXT )
LG GL-D201ASDX (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2rr3qy7 )

Any of these would be good.


Any details about newly launched LG T292RHDX dual fridge 4 star rating model ?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

The model does not exist in BEE database currently, so cannot say anything about the electricity consumption part. Even LG website does not have the details about this model.


Hi Abhishek. Are there any convertible (Freezer to fritz or optional freezer on/off) models available in LG in 250-300 lt capacity.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

The filters on LG website are quite difficult to manage. And technically their website is also a bit challenging. So we do not have a lot of details around features of their products. But you can check this model: LG GL-T292RPZM ... it is a Dual Fridge model with BEE 3 star rating.


I want to purchase a 5 star 310 liter refrigerator.Which is the best model recommended by Bijli team

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at any of these:

LG GL-U322JSOL (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2ojR8G2 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/Ng6DOTuuuN )
LG GL-I322RTNL (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/NAo!BTuuuN )
Godrej RT EON 311 SD 4.4

These are BEE 4 star rated. There are no BEE 5 star rated refrigerators in this size range.


Do inverter fridge have star ratings like how AC has? Which inverter frost free fridge do you recommend in any brands except Samsung and LG?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Inverter Refrigerator fridges do have star rating. And they started getting rated before Inverter ACs started getting rated. Also there is no differentiation in star rating of inverter and non inverter refrigerator. Both are done on same standards. Also LG and Samsung have the most number of inverter refrigerator models. Godrej recently started making a few. But then other than these two I would recommend Whirlpool. They may not have inverter technology, but their other sensors help them achieve high efficiency. Some models of Bosch (BEE 3 star rated) are also very good. If you are looking for bigger sized refrigerators then Panasonic and Hitachi also have inverter technology refrigerators that are quite good. But then Hitachi and Panasonic do not have many models in smaller size (250-350 lts).


I notice that inverter based air conditioners are not given Energy Star rating. Instead they are reportedly more efficient than 5* rating. Now when it comes to refrigerators, I found some models such as Samsung RT39K5538S9 which are inverter based but have 3* rating, while some non inverter based have 5* rating. Could you please help understand this?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Mayur,

BEE star rating is mandatory for all single and double door refrigerator models being sold in India. So you will find inverter technology refrigerators having BEE star rating.

BEE star rating is still optional for inverter ACs. But then there are a lot of brands that have started getting BEE star ratings for their models. And you will find many inverter ACs having BEE star rating now. Starting 2018, it will be mandatory for Inverter ACs as well.


Thanks, but the myth that "inverter is better than 5*" seems to have busted due to ratings coming out. I ended up buying inverter ac under that assumption. I have to buy a refrigerator now and wondering inverter vs 5*.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Not all inverter are better than 5* non inverter (in AC), but most of them are (there are hardly few that are as good as BEE 5* non inverter).

In refrigerators most 5 and 4 star are inverter (whirlpool is only brand that does have non inverter 4*).


How do I know if the BEE rating and the power consumption number given by manufacturer for a fridge is for the low, medium or strongest setting? Because I imagine that the power consumption will be significantly less if the cooling is at the least.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

All manufacturers have to report their data for standard test conditions (temperature etc is specified for testing). This is to help you compare apples to apples.


Hello Sir
I'm planning to buy the samsung RT28JARPDSA but I cannot find any reviews on it. Could you kindly shed in some insight? I will really appreciate it


Hi Sir,

We are family of 5 Members.We have a 2008 model 3 star Videocon Refrigerator(275 ltr Double door).This is consuming heavy power(2.5-3 units per day).Hence I am planning to buy 250-300 ltr Double door refrigerator.We live at Hyderabad.Pls give some models along with power consumption per day.My budget is 20k to 40k on the basis of power saving.Hope my choice is right(changing Refrigerator)

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Srinivas,

You can look at these models:

Samsung RT30K37547E/HL
Godrej RT EON 290 SD 4.4

These are 275lts+ models and have a BEE 4 star rating.


Sir,Is there is any 5 star you recomend

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

There are no BEE 5 star rated models as per BEE's latest star rating specification.


Hi BijliBachao,
i plan to buy a single door , 5star, inverter compressor fridge. presently LG with 235lts and samsung with 210lts are available. Please let me know which one to buy. lg or samsung as i feel both are equally good companies. I require your specific observation on the new gen inverter compressors of Samsung Vs LG which makes the better compressor, reliable , economical and trouble free. Which has MORE reliable after sales service.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Both LG and Samsung are leaders as far as refrigerators are concerned. It is extremely difficult to say one is better than other. People have varied experiences and some will like Lg and some will like Samsung. Answer to your question would have been easy if there were glaring differences. As far as service is concerned, your local dealers will be able to tell you better as to which one has better service in your area.


Thanks Abhishek for the quick reply.
Just want to know , as inverter compressors in refrigerators are a new concept (ac segment started this earlier),
and there isn't much public feed back in this aspect.
So the question would be who makes the better inverter compressor, lg or samsung, all other things remaining equal.
That would decide my choice.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Anand,

Both LG and Samsung are selling double door models with inverter compressor since quite some time now. As far as I remember Inverter compressor started coming in refrigerators (double door) around the same time as that in Air Conditioners. It is new as far as single door refrigerators are concerned. And the theory and technology behind ACs and refrigerators is exactly the same. The way an AC works, the refrigerators work in same way (just the volume of space to be cooled varies and thus the size varies).


Thanks Abhishek for the clarity.
I've decided to go for LG single door 5star, 235L, GL-D241AHAI
I presently have a 165L whirlpool 15yr old gem working flawlessly without a single service call till date. As 165L is becoming cramped and so have to go for a larger one, even though i dont want to give away my whirlpool gem,
I was waiting for whirlpool to come out with inverter comps., but they seem to be in no hurry. so have to settle for the next best brand.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Great! Do let us know your feedback on the same once you have used it.


Hello Bijli Bachao Team,
I am having a 17 year old Godrej Frost free double door refrigerator.We are the family of 3.2 Adults and one 6 year old kid.We are vegetarian.After going through your article we would like to change of refrigerator.Could you please suggest a best suitable one with the best possible price.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Any model from Samsung Smart Convertible would be good for you. You can look at these models:

Samsung RT30K37547E/HL
Samsung RT30K3983BZ/HL
Samsung RT30K3983SL/HL
Samsung RT30K3983UZ/HL


Thank you


Hi Bijli Bachao Team ,

Need suggestion for Videocon Refrigirators for category between 300-400 ltrs.
Please help me. I have been an avid follower of your site & bought super fans 3 years ago. Only after your detailed blog post. That was the best decision i ever made for fans.
Please help me now.
I have shortlisted this https://videoconworld.com/titanium-frost-free/330-l-titanium-ultra-refrigerator

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Tarun,

Videocon Refrigerators do not rate high on energy efficiency. I would not suggest to go for them. You can look at top most efficient refrigerators on this link: http://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/what-are-best-refrigerator-fridge-lg-samsung-whirlpool-india-buying-guide.html


Thanks @abhishek for the reply. I went through your list & seems like what i finalized is on the 3 slot of your list. Wanted to know what is the difference between the two models.




Can you please provide a review for this.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Both the models are similar. The only difference is in number of shelves. RT39K5518S8/TL has 4 shelves whereas RT39K5538S9/TL has something called Freshroom. It truly depends on what you need. Otherwise everything else is the same.


hi, compressor of 8yrs old 4star-180lts-refrigerator is gone.. plz suggest will i have to buy new refrigerator or new compressor.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

better to buy a new refrigerator as the technologies now are much better than what they were 8 years back.


thank you sir..


Can you please tell me what is the annual electricity consumption of Samsung RT28K3043S8 ? Is it a good buy ??

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

It would be 243 units a year as per BEE star label.


Whirlpool 260 L Frost Free Triple Door Refrigerator(FP 283D PROTTON ROY, Alpha Steel (N)).... Is it good model to purchase it ? how much electricity it will consumes? We saw this model but we did not see any star rating instead they mentioned in sticker that(uses less energy than a CFC) what does it mean?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Narendra,

At the bottom of the image they have mentioned *Terms and Conditions: As compared to a 60 Watt CFL :).

Now if a 60 W CFL is used for 24 hours (continuously), it would consume 60 x 24 = 1440 Wh or 1.44 kWH or 1.44 units of electricity per day. That makes it about 525 units of electricity per year.

If that is the right number, then it is not energy efficient at all, because most BEE 5 star rated 2 door models (of about 250 lts) consume as less as 190 units of electricity per year.

I do not have the exact electricity consumption of this model as the manufacturer has not published it and nor does BEE rate multi door models (which makes it mandatory for manufacturers to publish energy consumption data).

But I think it is better if you go for 2 door model of similar size with BEE star rating and inverter technology compressor. They have better energy efficiency.


I will buy my first refrigerator and I have only solar power so the fridge has to be powered by inverter only. So far I just switch it on in the evening and switch it off before I go to bed. Now with my new setup (upgrade to be able to add a refrigerator (and washing machine) I have to adjust this habit. First I was considering an LG 190L Evercool but I just discovered an LG 190 liter with 'inverter technology' (GL-D201AHAI) within my budget (below Rs 20000). Can you please give information on how many hours an Evercool needs to 'recover' from a 9 hour power-cut. And what are the consequences of long power-cuts for the inverter technology fridge.
Naturally I would choose for LG but why not Samsung with similar features?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Both LG and Samsung have their strong points. Samsung has great double door models for vegetarians. LG has super technology in refrigerators in general. And yes they are the first to bring inverter tech in single door models (something that should have been done long back).

As for evercool technology, actually they are cooling pads (Ice packs with cooling gel) that can retain cold for a long time. So when the refrigerator is on, these cooling pads store cooling. And when the refrigerator is off, they release the cooling. They can last max for 9 hours. Frankly I don't know as to how long they need to be cooled to get back in state.

As for consequences of power cut, I don;t think power cuts should be bad for inverter tech.


I didn't realize the Evercool technology wast that simple! Just put some cooling-elements (chillers) in the fridge and done. In Europe etc. almost every family used to have a cool-box with cooling-elements based on this principle but here in India I can find only small 'chillers' for lunchboxes, not the gel cooling elements as in this image (very common in Europe etc.).

Does Samsung also have inverter technology of around 200 liters? If not, I'm sure I will go for LG 190 liter with 'inverter technology' (GL-D201AHAI), power-cuts and switching off the power is so common in India, that don't think it will hurt fridges, I just never heard of it outside India.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Samsung does not have inverter tech in sub 200 lts models yet. I think LG model would be better choice.


Hi There. Very informative site regarding electricity savings. Regarding refrigerators, we used to shutdown our refrigerator during peak hours to save on electricity (6pm-10pm) following the advice of a family friend. He suggested that this has the added benefit of reducing the wear and tear on the compressor. The refrigerator is still working after 20 years of purchase. However is the point regarding electricity savings valid or is it just a myth?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Thomas,

If you do not use an appliance for 4 hours in a day, you would certainly save electricity. There is no doubt about that. 4 hours is a long time for a refrigerator and it will certainly save if it does not work that long.


Is turning off the fridge at night save electricity since it doesnt get open during night time? At the same time, i dont think fridge consumes lot of electricity at night since the door stays shut most of the night.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

It can certainly save electricity if you switch it off for 8-9 hrs.


Did you mean for old fridges? What about new 4 star inverter
fridges? If you turn them off for 8-9 hours every night, do you still save a lot of electricity? Isn’t daily on/off cycles bad for the fridge? I assume the compressor has to work twice as hard to every morning to bring the temperature up.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Even for new 4 star inverter fridges. Stabilization of temperature in morning won't take more than 20-30 mins. Keeping it off for 9 hrs would certainly save more electricity. And if on/off was bad for compressor, then old compressor (which used to have daily on/off cycles) would have failed in just a couple of years.

Frequent on/off is bad only when the on/off cycle is less than 2-3 mins.

Harish chandran, kodambakkam

Dear Bijlibachao,
Kindly Suggest me a 5 star Refrigerator having a capacity of 320-360 litres....


Dear Abhishek
I am looking at either buying a 100 liter chest freezer -around 14000 Rs in Pune & an 350 Litre fridge OR a 600 Litre side by side from Samsung or Videocon or even Haier. We eat lots of meat and hence a good qulity freezer is important. We currently own a LG DIOS side by side, but totally fed up with LG service in Pune, hence not considering that brand any more.
Which do you think would be more economical to use - A small independent chest freezer and a small Fridge (4 or 5 Star) OR a 5 star side by side, keeping purchase cost in mind along with consumption. A 5 star, side by side Fridge, is costing around 75-80000 Rs.
Thank you for your efforts, woould be delighted with a detailed perspective.

My best wishes. This website is a WONDERFUL resource.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)


Having a single machine would be better from an energy efficiency perspective. A bigger refrigerator would be better. I would suggest going for a Samsung 600 lts side by side refrigerator with inverter technology compressor. Videocon and Haier do not have inverter technology. I would strongly recommend you to go for an inverter technology model.

Chest Freezer + 350 lts refrigerator (a good one) would also cost you about 50-55K. But the chest freezer will consume more electricity. If it consumes 1.5-2 units more per day you would be using about 50-60 units electricity extra in a month. At Rs 8-9 it would be about Rs 450-500 more per month. I think a bigger refrigerator from Samsung with inverter technology would be better.


Much Appreciate your response. I have read you reply in detail. I was asking you from the perspective that these days the chest freezers in the market have a 5 star rating. How much would a five star freezer and a five star 350 litre fridge consume.
Also, could you tell me how much would a 600 litre side by side fridge with inverter tech consume Vs normal 600 litre side by side.
If I get a 4star side by side, for 10000 Rs less, how does that work over let's say 15 years, which I take as life of the fridge.
Thank you for making my decision easier with your inputs. This website is really very helpful, literally saving money for me:-) Cheers to you and your team

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Prasar,

Chest Freezers are not rated by BEE yet, so if anyone is claiming BEE 5 star rating for it, then they are wrong. In fact even side-by-side, multidoor refrigerators are not yet rated by BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India a Govt body). Ideally freezing takes much more energy as compared to regular refrigeration (which is at much higher temperature as compared to freezing). And thus my assumption of 1.5-2 units of electricity was assuming that a chest freezer of 100 lts would consume much more than a refrigerator of 100-120 lts. In fact most small refrigerators/freezers do not have energy efficient technologies as there is no mandate for them to become efficient (as BEE is not rating them) and consumers are not demanding the same.

Now in general inverter tech is 30% (or more) energy efficient than regular technology. As side-by-side refrigerators are not rated by BEE, their energy consumption data is not available in public domain (manufacturers do not publish information till it is made mandatory by the government). Still a 600 lts refrigerator with inverter technology would consume about 1.5 units of electricity in a day. A non inverter would consume about 3 units (or more). You will not get a 4 star rated side-by-side refrigerator because they are not yet rated on energy efficiency. My guess is that inverter tech should save at least Rs 400 per month for you. Which makes it Rs 4800 per year (at Rs 8 a unit). But I cannot give you an exact answer as there is no data for side-by-side refrigerator energy consumption in public domain (I am just using data for a top freezer model which should be close enough).

My assumption is that inverter tech should have a payback in max 3 years (may be less). And beyond that it should be savings (15 years is a highly optimistic usage of a modern refrigerator, 10 years would be more real).


Thank you so much.
Some websites are claiming that the 100 liter blue star chest freezer is 5 star rated. This is contrary to your understanding....wonder what's making them claim this.

Jasminder Singh Dureja

Thanks for reply; kindly inform their brand and model?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Dureja,

My father has a Hitachi Inverter Refrigerator at his place which is bottom freezer. My Sister in Law also has a LG bottom freezer refrigerator. I am not sure of the exact model numbers though.

Jasminder Singh Dureja

Are Bottom freezer refrigerators successful in Indian hot and humid conditions?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Dureja,

Bottom Freezer models work perfectly well in Indian conditions. I have personally seen two of them working perfectly fine in my family for last 2-3 years.

Jasminder Singh Dureja

Thanks for your reply. But I would like to highlight that dual fan technology comprises of two cooling fans, one dedicated for supplying chilled air to freezer compartment and other one for REFREGERATOR compartment. This allows independent control of temperatures of each compartment.

These are not meant for cooling the compressor any way.


Dr J S Dureja

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Thanks for your reply Dr Dureja. There is a Dual Fan Compressor Technology that Whirlpool has. I got confused with that. Having different fans in the two compartments will certainly give more control in maintaining temperature of the compartments.

Jasminder Singh Dureja


Jasminder Singh Dureja

How about Samsung convertible refrigerators. They claim that these are double fan refrigerators. Are these comparable to Hitachi refrigerators having dual fan technology

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Samsung convertible refrigerators are a great choice if you are a vegetarian and want more space to store veggies and would like to convert freezer into refrigerator when needed. Double Fan technology is there in lot of brands these days. It is useful if the refrigerator will be kept in a really hot space. Typically compressors have a operating temperature beyond which they trip (or stop working). This temperature is typically about 46-48 degrees. If the temperature goes beyond that, they trip. Dual Fan cools the compressor and makes sure that it works even if the ambient temperature crosses 46-48.

So Double Fan is just a technology to keep it running beyond a certain temperature. Just having this technology does not give edge to a brand. This is one of the multiple features a brand has. Hitachi is a good brand, their products are quite superior, however we have heard of patchy service of Hitachi from a lot of people. If their service is good in your area, then you may surely consider it.

Jasminder Singh Dureja

pl suggest about
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Samsung RT42HDAGESL Frost-free Double-door refrigerator. Does it have water dripping problem/

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Singh,

We do not have feedback on individual models of these brands. So cannot comment.

Jasminder Singh Dureja

Is it advisable to go for inverter series refrigerators like LG, Hitachi etc. or non inverter series like Whirlpool (although energy efficient)

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

It is better to go with Inverter Technology. You can choose any one of the brands you have listed. Both LG and Hitachi are good brands.

Jasminder Singh Dureja

Where does Samsung refrigerators stand vis a vis lg refrigerators

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Samsung and LG refrigerators are quite comparable. Both have their own pros and cons. But frankly quite comparable.

Jasminder Singh Dureja

Dear Sir
Thanks for your reply. But I would like to highlight that dual fan technology comprises of two cooling fans, one dedicated for supplying chilled air to freezer compartment and other one for REFREGERATOR compartment. This allows independent control of temperatures of each compartment.

These are not meant for cooling the compressor any way.


Dr J S Dureja

Jasminder Singh Dureja

Kindly suggest which is having best performance and best after sales service

Jasminder Singh Dureja

i want to choose amoung Hitachi 451L/Hitachi 489L and LG470L models (all inverter compressor models)


Dear all,

I want to buy 210 ltr,5 star rated fridge. So how much units will consume by fridge/per day?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Ankit,

A BEE 5 star rated 210 lts refrigerator should consume about 200 units of electricity in a year. So in a day it should be less than a unit of electricity.


i have purchased whirlpool 340l fridge ... 3star rated.... daily consumption is around 1unit ....


I am at present use whirlpool 19premier fridge purchased in 2008. Now a days power consumption is very high. I wish to purchase a new one of same capacity with 5star rating. Kindly advise me on selection.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

What is the volume/size of your current refrigerator?


180 L is the size of my fridge.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Unnikrishanan,

You may look at these refrigerators:



Hello Sir,
I have purchased a new BEE 3 star(Label Period:~ 1st Jan 2014 - 31st Dec 2015) refrigerator.
Model No is Samsung RT27JSMSARZ/TL.
How about the Refrigerator & the power consumption.
Thanking You.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Somnath,

We are not able to find details of this refrigerator online so cannot comment a whole lot. However if it is a BEE 3 star rated refrigerator, ss per BEE rating it would consume about 303 units of electricity in a year. These numbers are in test conditions and we have observed that in general refrigerators consume 30% more in general usage.




hii i want to know what would be per day consumption of a 3 star LG single door fridge 175 ltr 2 years old? and also for 4 star fridge LG 2 years old single door 175 ltr ? very urgent

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

As per BEE rating for the 3 star rated fridge it would be about 400 units a year and for BEE 4 star rated fridge it would be about 300 units a year.


I have purchased new 3 star refrigirator.how about power cosumption.make iswhirlpool

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

What is the model number of the refrigerator that you have purchased?


Whirl pool FF2D258 3S/2015

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Yathisha,

This model has yearly electricity consumption of 306 units as per BEE. However these numbers are in test conditions and in real life you can expect about 30% more.


Read a news item "A short circuit in the compressor of a refrigerator reportedly triggered a fire in a locked flat in Vardhaman Garden complex in Thane on Saturday. The inmates of the 19th floor flat had gone to their native place in Kerala. Neighbours noticed black fumes coming out of the flat window and alerted the fire brigade that doused the flames. " We in general take for granted these Electrical appliances for years together". No one bothers to check the wiring,circuit for over load and this happens. With curtains mattresses and furniture made of highly inflammable materials adds to a small fire. This is summer season so be vigilant !!!

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

We certainly should be vigilant!!


Is an inverter type fridge cosumes less power that a 5 star rated fridge for equal cooling

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Refrigerators with inverter technology are being rated by BEE and most of them have 5,4 and 3 star rating. So if you go for a BEE 5 star rated fridge, it will mostly likely be inverter technology fridge.


Hi, I am evaluating Sharp SJ-PK64G (585 litres (Net 541) with 484 units as annual consumption. Was a 4 star last year in 2014 now in 2015 a 2 star. I am evaluating this Sharp model v/s Hitachi R-V610PND3KX (565 litres (Net 510) with Inverter and 331 units as annual consumption a 4 star rating in 2015. I am trending towards the Sharp due to the cost benefit analysis which is almost a difference of Rs. 10000 between the two. The power benefit then becomes marginal about Rs. 1000~1300 (if I add 30% extra then rating) per year thereby taking me anyway 8~10 years to recover the costs. Is it really beneficial to go for Hitachi Invertor model in this case especially knowing Invertor technology is more difficult and expensive to maintain. Also I have realized the moment one goes above 600~650 liters capacity the advantage of Invertor makes more economical sense not so much in lower capacity below 600. Thoughts.

Many thanks.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Neel,

You may go for Sharp if it is not economical for you to go for Hitachi refrigerator. The difference per year would be about 200 units. Also many people are going with inverter technology air conditioners and refrigerators these days and so it's maintenance will not remain expensive for long (with scale it will come down).


Dear Expert pls suggest best among in these model as per energy consumption :

Godgrej RD Edge 185 CHTM DC 185 ltr

Godrej GDE 23BXTM DC 221 ltr

Godrej RD EDGE pro 190 CT pentacool 190 Ltr

LG 205KAG series 190 ltr

Samsung RR1914 190 ltr

Why latest 2015 BEE list is not available for. Refrence.

Thanks & regards

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

LG 205KAG series 190 ltr will be the most efficient models amongst all these.



Abhishek Jain (Mod)

I would not suggest that. Because energy efficiency depends not only on compressor but also on the efficiency of condenser and evaporator. The whole package has to work together.


than kou sir


Hi Expert

I'm looking to buy a mini bar fridge which is the most efficent & power saving brands available...LG & Samsung seems to have discontinued please help me...urgent Also please let me know how much space should be left on all the sides?

Best Regards


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Sanjay,

Mini Bar fridges are not very energy efficient. The best you can get is BEE 4 star rated. Here are some of the mini bar fridges:

Brand Name Model Number Gross Volume(Litres) Electricity consumption (unit per year) Star Rating
ELECTROLUX ECP093 80 375 3
VIDEOCON VCP093 80 375 3
ELECTROLUX ECL093 80 375 3
ELECTROLUX ECP093 80 375 3
VIDEOCON VCL093 80 375 3
ELECTROLUX ECP063 47 360 3
VIDEOCON VCP063 47 360 3
GODREJ GDC 110 S 3.1 99 340 3
GODREJ GDC 110 S 4.1 99 305 4
LG GC-051SA 48 263 4

you should have at least 2-3 inch space on the sides.

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