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Do double door refrigerators consume too much electricity

By Finserv MARKETS - Sep 6,2019
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Usually, a refrigerator is an indispensable component of the domestic appliances that make life easy. All households have a refrigerator these days – the days of open storage are long past. However, refrigerators are one of the biggest contributors to a typical residential electricity bill. So when you buy a refrigerator for the home, one of the key parameters to check is the energy consumption of each model. You will check for an array of features as you browse through refrigerator models on the EMI Store to avail no-cost EMI offers and such. For instance, you will try and figure out the capacity you need. Some models come with high freezer capacity and some with high vegetable storage capacity. You may consider between the alternatives of frost-free or a defrosting fridge.

But the overarching assessment is on energy consumption. If a refrigerator is operated efficiently, it can significantly impact the electricity bill, positively of course. The star ratings are typically found on the top-right corner. Higher the number of stars, lower the power consumption. Although buying a BEE 5 star rated refrigerator is an effective exercise, there are other features you should watch out for when you buy a refrigerator, as these can have a bearing on the energy consumption figures as well.

One such feature is the door. As you browse through a plethora of double door fridges and single door refrigerators or even triple door models on the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, you should sit back and take a long, hard look at the implications of each of the variants.
Combine that with our initial emphasis on energy consumption, and these present a unique question: do the number of doors in a refrigerator impact the energy efficiency of the model?
If energy consumption is one of the key parameters considered while making a purchase, it is important to understand how power consumption changes across the two variants of a double door fridge and a single door refrigerator.

Due to the built, both variants have a certain catch, a point of contention that leads them to consume more energy than the other. Ultimately, the simple answer is that a single door refrigerator will consume less power. Here’s why. First of all, let’s examine the double door fridge. It works in frost-free mode, where the electric fans are used to circulate cool air. A double door fridge also comes in large size of 235 to 295 litres capacity. This large size results in more power consumption, of around 30 to 40% electricity.

On the other hand, a single door refrigerator consumes electricity to cool down. Why? In the single door refrigerator, in order to open a freezer, you first need to open the refrigerator main door and then the freezer door. Because of the frequent opening of the door the whole fridge temperature goes up. So it consumed extra energy in cooling down each time.

Which consumed more power then? The additional power consumed in double door fridge to cool down is very high compared to the extra power consumed by the frequent opening of the main door of the single door refrigerator. Hence single door refrigerator consume less power and can save a lot on your electricity bill.

Energy consumption is also influenced by other attributes. An old refrigerator consumes more energy than a new refrigerator, and so on. That said, if you are worried about the energy consumption of a refrigerator, you can take little measures to keep the cost minimum: avoid stuffing the refrigerator too much as that will hinder the movement of cold air, slowing the cooling process. Cool foods to room temperature before keeping them in a refrigerator, reduce the frequency with which you open the door as each opening guzzles some energy. You can also set the temperature to medium cool for optimum cooling and lesser electricity bill.


It would be wise to replace your old, energy-guzzling refrigerator with the latest model of a single door refrigerator that has a 5-star BEE rating. You can go through some of the best cost-efficient models of single door refrigerators across brands and then decide which one to buy. In the long run, the benefits and savings of these models will more than compensate for the initial cost premium. Even so, if you don’t want to pay for the entire price of the refrigerator at once, you can consider the option of easy EMIs. Bajaj Finserv gives the option of No Cost EMI from Bajaj Finserv EMI Store. It also offers 1-day delivery, 2-day installation and 10 days replacement guarantees, free processing with EMI Card. You just need to decide to buy a refrigerator that suits your needs, and the financial outcome will be eased by the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store.


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