What Is the Typical Wattage of a Refrigerator?

A typical standard refrigerator uses about 325 watts of electricity. Wattage range is specific to each appliance model and stamped onto the back or bottom of each unit. The actual amount consumed is dependent upon the settings of the appliance. The lower the temperature setting, the more watts consumed.

A refrigerator’s wattage also depends on how old it is. Improvements in temperature control and increased efficiency have made it so that new models use fewer watts than previous models. Additionally, new models often have an Energy Guide label that outlines estimates on the average energy usage and cost of operations for that unit.