When an appliance is giving you trouble, seems to be running too long, or is just is older than dirt, it is time to update to a more energy efficient model of the vast appliance lines. When you enter an appliance store, you may notice that many of the appliances have a yellow tag attached to them. This tag tells you the energy rating and estimated cost per year to run this appliance. By doing your due diligence, you'll be able to make an informed decision on the appliance that "for the money" will save you money year to year and actually pay for itself in energy savings versus the old, outdated appliance you own now.
Initial cost of a higher rated appliance may be a little more, but the savings over time can surely save money in the long run. If you buy a refrigerator that has an average lifespan of 10 years, do the math and calculate the savings over that period of time. If you save 10% each year for 10 years, you can see the appliance paid for itself over its life expectancy. My advice is to buy smart, be an energy saver, and save money. So get out there and