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I have a Kenmore. There are a few advantages to a freezer for a refrigerator. If you lose grid power they will stay cool about 40% longer before the contents spoil. (better insulation. Using an external thermostat shuts down all electrical usage until the external thermostats bulb turns on the refrigerator. The thermostat that I listed has a plug that the freezer plugs into and does not alter the freezer. It separates the hot wire up to the device and back to control the add on.These units are used in the beer industry. They use chest freezers as refrigerators to make malt. I have been using these devices for 15 or so years. I have a used upright freezer I got from the repair shop. They are cheaper and better than new (my opinion) I have ran it for over a year now and have no problems with moisture. I live in the high mountain desert at 8500+ feet that may have some effect as it is a dry climate. If you opt for a conventional refrigerator consider this. the heat tube is next to the door so to keep the seal from sticking or it has a electric resistance wire to do said protection. Also it has a timer in it that comes on every 30 minutes to protect the company, (product liability) Ice maker use resistance electric to release the ice from the freezing coil. If you use the external thermostat on a common refrigerator you will disable these features and save about 30% on electric consumption. The most energy efficient refrigerator on the market will be in the range of 1KWh per day. Beware of the energy star label they stretch things a bit. Hope this helps.