$15 Rebate on ENERGY STAR® Qualified* Refrigerators
$15 Rebate on ENERGY STAR® Qualified* Freezers
Click here to apply for your rebate through our easy online form!
Available January 1–December 31, 2021
How to Get Your Rebate on an ENERGY STAR® Refrigerator or Freezer
- Purchase a qualifying* ENERGY STAR® refrigerator or freezer.
Note: You must be a residential retail customer of a participating utility to be eligible.
- Submit your online rebate request here, or submit a completed paper rebate form (download here or pick up at participating retailer). Include a copy of the sales receipt to the address on the rebate form. Expect your rebate check in 8–10 weeks.
For questions about the status of your rebate, call 1-855-669-8196.
*Includes compact units and mini fridges.
Make Sure Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer is Properly Recycled
Minnesota Power will pick up and recycle your appliance at no cost and you'll receive a monetary reward! You must be a Minnesota Power retail customer and unit must be in working condition. Click here or call 1-866-552-6755 to learn more or schedule a pickup.
Benefits of ENERGY STAR® Qualified Refrigerators & Freezers
In most homes, the refrigerator is the appliance that consumes the most energy. Older refrigerators use nearly twice as much energy as a new ENERGY STAR® model. Thanks to recent improvements in insulation and compressors, today’s refrigerators could save you more than $270 over the next five years and reduce your carbon footprint by 3,600 pounds when replacing an older refrigerator with one that’s earned the ENERGY STAR® label, and you’ll receive a rebate from Minnesota Power.
Improvements in insulation and compressors mean today's freezers consume much less energy than older models. Select a freezer that's earned the ENERGY STAR® label for maximum energy savings and the latest features. Freezers that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label are at least 10 percent more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard. Replacing your 15-year old freezer with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR® label could save you up to $165 over the next 5 years, and you'll receive a rebate from Minnesota Power.
What should I look for when buying a refrigerator or freezer?
Ask for an ENERGY STAR® model.
When buying an appliance from a retailer, request an ENERGY STAR® certified model to be sure it's energy efficient.
Consider these features when buying a refrigerator or freezer.
Refrigerator with a top-mount freezer that has earned the ENERGY STAR® label uses less energy than a 60-watt light bulb.
Chest freezers are usually more energy efficient, since the door opens from the top and allows less cold air to escape.
Purchase an appropriately sized refrigerator or freezer.
Generally, the larger the appliance, the greater the energy consumption. The most energy-efficient refrigerators are typically 16-20 cubic feet.
Consider retiring the old refrigerator in your basement or garage and earn a monetary reward.
Minnesota Power offers customers a reward for recycling your old refrigerator or freezer and we’ll pick it up for free. Refrigerators over 10 years old could be costing you about $110 per year to run. If you need a second refrigerator year round, replace the old one with a new ENERGY STAR® certified unit and save more than $50 a year in operating costs.
Check the yellow EnergyGuide label.
Use this label to determine the model's energy use, compare the energy use of similar models, and estimate annual operating costs. Learn How to Use the EnergyGuide Label.
Refrigerator and Freezer Best Practices
Follow these guidelines to reduce the amount of energy your appliance uses:
Set the appropriate temperature.
Keep your refrigerator at 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place your appliance in a cool place.
Position your refrigerator or freezer indoors and away from a heat source such as an oven, a dishwasher, or direct sunlight from a window.
Allow air circulation behind the fridge.
Leave a few inches between the wall and the refrigerator, and keep the condenser coils clean if you have an older model. Read the user’s manual to learn how to safely clean coils. Coil cleaning brushes can be purchased at most hardware stores.
Check the door seals.
Make sure the refrigerator seals around the door are airtight. If not, replace them.
Keep the door closed.
Minimize the amount of time the refrigerator door is open.