Save Energy with your Refrigerator

Save energy with your refrigerator.

It's hard to distinguish how you can save energy in your house, but have you thought about saving electricity with your refrigerator? Here are some ways you can save on your electricity bills with these tips.

Ventilate Your Refrigerator

Refrigerator manufacturers recommend that you have at least three inches of clearance between the rear of your fridge and what is behind it. This helps your refrigerator operate more efficiently, which saves electricity and money on your utility bills.

Clean Condenser Coils

The condensing coils are the parts that cool your refrigerator. If dust collects on the coils, the efficiency of the refrigerator will dramatically decrease which increases your energy costs to run it. Clean your refrigerator coils regularly at least once a year to provide optimal performance.

Cool Down Food

Putting hot leftovers and other food in your refrigerator forces it to work harder to keep food cool. Allowing your hot leftovers to cool down before refrigerating allows your fridge to use less electricity. This will bring down your food’s temperature for safe storage and energy saving means.

Adjust Your Thermostat

If you set the thermostat on your fridge and freezer too low, and you will waste electricity and money. To save energy, freezer thermostats should be set between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit, and refrigerator thermostats should be set between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thaw Food

Thawing foods in the refrigerator will help it operate more efficiently because frozen food adds cold air to the fridge as it thaws; therefore, the thawing food makes the fridge work less hard to keep things cool.

Keep the Door Closed

Opening the fridge door and look at the food will let cool air out and warm air in. The unit then has to work harder to replace that cool air. Before opening the door, decide what you want, or try to minimize the number of times you open the refrigerator. When opening the refrigerator, think of grabbing all the ingredients at once.