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How Much Energy does a Refrigerator Use?

How Much Energy does a Refrigerator Use?

Title : Kitchen | Katrin Gilger | Flickr
Author: Katrin Gilger
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One appliance found in just about every home and many businesses is a refrigerator. It's essential to keeping food stored properly, and it runs constantly. It is estimated that a refrigerator consumes between 150 watts and 400 watts. The actual wattage varies depending on the size and age of the unit. You can calculate your refrigerator's energy use on It is necessary, however, to keep the appliance running at all times, even in times of disasters and emergencies. Home solar power units can assist in keeping the fridge running, whether you decide to install dedicated solar panels and generator to run the necessity, or have panels and system ready for back-up when power from the electrical grid fails, there are options. To power the refrigerator, and possibly a few other small essentials, the Earthtech Products 1800 Watt Solar Generator Kit with 300 Watts of Solar Power is a reliable system. The kit includes two solar panels, two batteries, a power hub and hardware and cables for installation. While a refrigerator is the primary goal, Earthtech says the system is ideal for running electronics such as an Energy Star mini fridge, lamps, power tools, smartphones, digital cameras and other electronic devices. If you want to power the fridge, however, you will want this home solar power kit to be dedicated to this appliance. A second option is the 1800 Watt Solar Generator Complete with two 100 AH Batteries and 160 Watts of Solar. The unit comes with a solar panel, a power hub, two batteries, an amp charge controller and cable to connect the components. The system will run a fridge, freezer, sump pump, 1000 watt microwave, or a few other items, though not all at the same time. It is important to assess your needs, and determine the power consumption of your refrigerator in order to find the right home solar power system for your needs.
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