Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Stay cool with these tips to maximize your refrigerator’s energy savings.

Don’t put your fridge near a window, the stove or oven. Heat will cause the fridge to work harder to stay cool. If possible, site your fridge in the coolest spot in your kitchen.

Use the energy-saving setting on your refrigerator, if it has one.

Set the temperature between 37-40°F.
To check the temp, put a thermometer in a glass of water on the center shelf for 24 hours. Freezers should be at 5°F but cube freezers can be set to 0°F. To check a freezer’s temp, put a thermometer between items and read after 24 hours.

Your refrigerator may have a built-in heater to prevent condensation.
Turn the heater off to save energy. The condensation that may form on the inside walls generally won’t cause problems.

Recycle older fridges, which are much less energy-efficient. A 25-year-old fridge uses about 1,500 kWh per year compared to about 500 kilowatt hours for a new one.

Clean the refrigerator coils. Keeping them clean means better airflow so the compressor doesn’t need to work as hard.

When storing items in the fridge, keep liquids covered and keep food wrapped. Moisture that is released from unwrapped food can cause the compressor to work harder.

Keep the refrigerator stocked
; it takes more energy to cool an empty fridge.

Close the door promptly once you've gotten what you need. Don’t leave the door open while you pour a glass of soda.

Keep your freezer full so that it operates more efficiently. If you can’t stock up, fill 2-liter soda bottles about three-quarters full with water and use them to take up space.

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