How Much Electricity Does a Mini Refrigerator Use?


Whether you are a home owner looking to cut down on your electric bill, or an RV owner looking to find a mini refrigerator that will not overpower your generator, you need to know how much electricity the appliances use before buying. Sometimes it is the smaller appliances that can really eat into your utility budget. Just check out the link in the Resources section to a chart rating the yearly use of kilowatts of some of them to see for yourself. Fortunately, you can find out how much electricity a mini refrigerator uses before you buy and with only an hour or so of research.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen and paper
  • Internet (if desired)
  • Go to your local appliance store, or go online and find an appliance provider site, and locate the mini refrigerator section.

  • Choose several models that meet your budget and size requirements and have the style that you like. Write down their name and catalog numbers on your piece of paper.

  • Find the bright yellow sticker or tag on the appliance that has the words "Energy Guide" printed on it. If you are online, for instance at, you will see this tag included with the picture of the appliance once you select the appliance name and click on it for more information.

  • Write down the yearly estimated cost of the appliance and yearly estimated kilowatts per hour usage next to its name and catalog number on your list.

  • Compare the estimates listed for each mini refrigerator you are considering. Remember that these are estimates only and usually have an error rate of of +/- 5 percent, so it could be higher or lower. If you are planning on using the refrigerator infrequently (such as in the case of an RV), divide the yearly estimate by 365 and then by 24 to come up with the per-hour rate. Compare that with your generator output. A good frame of reference to keep in mind is that a regular-sized refrigerator uses about 683 kwh per year if it is run 24 hours a day.

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