Upright freezer: how much does A+++ save compared to A+?
For the environment
A+++ saves the CO2 emissions equal to 4.5 years of showering
If you opt for an A+++ upright freezer instead of an A+ one, you save the environment an average of 955 kilograms worth of CO2 emissions. For comparison: a Dutch person with average shower use is responsible for 200 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year. Opt for an energy-efficient upright freezer and you'll save about the same amount of CO2 as when you don't shower for 4.5 years. This comparison was made based on the average lifespan of a freezer: 18 years.
A+ costs 48 trees a year's worth of growth
During its 18-year lifespan, an A+ freezer that isn't energy-efficient uses 1,469kWh worth of energy more than an energy-efficient model on average. This consumption is equivalent to 955 kilograms of CO2 emissions. To remove this extra CO2 from the air, 48 trees have to grow for a year. This comparison only applies if you have gray energy at home. Green energy, generated by solar panels and wind turbines, has no CO2 footprint.
A+++ saves € 148
Despite the higher purchase costs of an energy-efficient upright freezer, you'll ultimately save an average of € 148. This is because an A+++ upright freezer uses less energy. The annual energy costs are almost € 20 lower than those of an upright freezer that isn't energy-efficient. After 10 years, you'll have already earned back the purchase price difference. An upright freezer lasts an average of 18 years. This means that after those 10 years, you'll save € 20 per year. Now that's a profit!
A+ costs € 148 more
After the average 18-year lifespan of an A+ upright freezer, you'll have paid about € 148 more than if you opt for an A+++ upright freezer. Yes, an A+ freezer is cheaper to purchase, but due to higher energy costs, you'll have paid more after the lifespan of the upright freezer. For a model that isn't energy-efficient, you pay an average of € 57 per year in energy costs, while the costs for an energy-efficient model are only € 38.
|Annual energy costs||€ 38||€ 57|
|Average purchase price||€ 784||€ 594|
|Total costs after 18 years (purchase price + energy costs)||€ 1478||€ 1625|