When I was at the local electrical chain to shop for a new refrigerator, I was overwhelmed by the number of models and companies that produced them. Wasn’t sure which model to get, I did a little web search.
Initially I wanted to find refrigerator reviews on some of the models that I have short listed. Unfortunately, this kind of resource is rather hard to come by. It is easier to find a DVD player review than a refrigerator review. Most of the reviews are done and hosted by first world countries. I found no such resource for Malaysia. I quickly abandon this task. Maybe I did not find hard enough, then again, I didn’t want to spend too much time on this either.
Then I came across Whirlpool Refrigerator Buying Guide by accident and pick up an interesting fact from there. The refrigerator will run 24 by 7, 365 days a year. It is important to get a model that is efficient and consume very little energy. Look for refrigerators with ENERGY STAR® Qualification. Oh, jolly good I thought, I will base my buying guide on this then I thought. After looking through the popular brand names like Toshiba, Panasonic, LG and Sharp, none of their refrigerator display or boast ENERGY STAR ® compliance. The closest I got was Samsung which boast ISO Energy A certification, which I could not find at the ISO.org site (maybe I have not looked hard enough).
So back to square one with Samsung with the highest rating in my book. Then I remembered when I was in TNB applying for electricity connection, the Penang main branch has a showcase on energy efficient products. They had a few pamphlets on how to safe energy. I took to the web again at tnb.com.my hoping to find this info online.
As expected, there were no recommendations of products, but they did have some good advice, 300L refrigerator will cost you RM20 per month to run. Do not placed the refrigerator too closed to the wall, etc… Initially I wanted to get the largest refrigerator I could afford. This is mainly due to my past experience of running out of space with small refrigerator. I guess having this cost figure help me to decide better on the right amount of space I should get. Biggest may not be the best for the long run. Imagine, current largest capacity refrigerators are around 600-710L, meaning the minimal electricity bill to run these giants would be RM40, not considering TV, washing machine, electrical cattle, oven, AIR condition… pengsan…
Kudos to TNB to have such good informations online, though their site takes so long to load.
Disappointed with Appliance companies sites (Toshiba, Panasonic, Sharp, LG, Samsung, etc), they only display the type of products, the key functions of the product and some little specs, like dimensions & weight. These information gives little help to people like me who thinks of efficiency and durability. I would like to see informations like energy testing, Wattage consumption, durability testing, etc…
I still have not decided yet…