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How to use sokitt to find efficient fridges

1. From the sokitt homepage select 'fridge' from the dropdown. Press GO.

find a more efficient fridge

2. In a few secs you'll see a big grid:

appliance comparison grid

This grid shows you the most efficient fridges available in Australia. The fridges are initially sorted by Energy Rating first and lowest price second. This means that if you have a bunch of fridges with the same energy rating, the cheapest ones will be higher up.

This makes it easy to spot the cheapest fridge of a certain star rating.

3. Refining Your Search

You'll see that the most efficient fridges are upright single door fridges. At the moment if you want a 6 star fridge that is the style that you have to go for.

If you want to include or exclude other styles, check or uncheck the icons at the top of the grid:

fridge styles

Once you have chosen the styles that you want to look at - press the GO button to refresh the grid.

Two other options you have to refine the search are Fridge Internal Volume and Price, so you can make sure you are only looking at fridges in your price and size range.

refine search by price and size

The final option is to only show fridges over a certain star rating - if the grid is empty try relaxing this option to a lower star rating.

energy rating better than

4. Sorting The Results

The default order for the fridges in the grid is by Energy Rating and then price.

You can change this order with the drop down box in the top right corner:

sort by energy rating

The first 4 options on this menu: Stars, Price, Brand, Size are self explanatory. The last 4 may require some explanation...

Sort By kwh/yr

This sorts the fridges by the amount of electricity they use over a year. Electricity is measured in kiloWatt hours (kWh). The fridges with the lowest consumption will be first.

Sort By SRI

SRI is an acronym invented by our friends in Canberra. It stands for "Sexy Refrigerator Index" and the higher it is the sexier the fridge was deemed to be by the men in white coats in the government testing lab.

Sort By Total Cost

Sorts the fridges by the total cost of buying and using the fridge over the time period in the 'years' dropdown box.

This is the cost of the appliance plus the cost of the energy that will be needed to power the fridge. You can change electricity costs in the Advanced Options.

You may well find that the cheapest fridges to buy are not the cheapest to own over 10 years or so.

This sorting method is really useful for quickly identifying the fridges with the best balance of price and efficiency.

If a fridge is very efficient for the price then it will be towards the top of this list when you sort by total cost.

how many years of operation?

Sort By Energy Cost

Sorts the fridges by the cost of energy needed to use the fridge over the time period in the 'years' dropdown box.


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