Refrigerators use a lot of power to cool their interiors, and a lot of power use means a higher carbon footprint if the power is not coming from renewable energy. In addition, refrigerators are generally plugged in and operating at all times, unlike other energy-intensive appliances such as space heaters and washing machines.
Since the fridge is one of the most used household appliances, it is considered to be the leading appliance that is causing global warming. Older models of refrigerators especially are more prone to producing higher CO2 emissions. New refrigerators produce 75 percent less energy than fridges that were manufactured in the 1970s. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by replacing an old fridge, the consumer can prevent 521 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year
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