When it comes to electric appliances, it’s important to know how you can save energy.
Here are 6 tips that are sure to save energy in your refrigerator.
Keep the door closed
The most important factor that saves energy on your refrigerator is the door. Make sure your refrigerator’s doors close tight shut and no cool air escapes from within.
- Loose gaskets — the rubber grip on the door — lead to electricity wastage.
- Also, avoid opening and closing the refrigerator doors unnecessarily.
- Every time you open the doors, about 30% of the cooled air within escapes and the more times you open the door, the more energy your refrigerator requires.
- Remember keeping the door well closed maintains your food fresh up to two days, even during a power outage.
Leave warm foods outside
If you’ve just made a pot of soup for dinner and have leftovers, refrain from thrusting it into the refrigerator. Leave it on the counter so that it cools down to room temperature before you put it in the refrigerator.
“Putting warm foods into the refrigerator doesn’t do much harm to your food, your refrigerator uses extra energy to cool down warm foods.”
Regular cleaning and maintenance
- All your precautionary and safety methods won’t reflect on your electricity bill unless you clean and maintain your refrigerator well.
- Schedule regular maintenance and checkups for your refrigerator and make sure you clean your refrigerator at least once a month.
- Remove and dust the cooling coils of your freezer and the vacuums of your refrigerator. Clogged coils require a lot of energy.
Energy-efficient light bulbs
Sometimes, even something as small as a light bulb can make a huge difference. Make sure you get energy-efficient bulbs for your refrigerator.
Get the basic LED bulb or consult with your manufacturer as to which bulb works best on your refrigerator. Avoid the fancy stuff and you’ll be surprised how much electricity you save.
Replace an old refrigerator
If you’re making do with an age-old refrigerator that your mother gave you as a moving present, it’s the right time to get a new one.
“Older models use 40% more energy than the new EnergyStar models introduced after 2001.”
If you’re still using an older refrigerator, consider swapping it for a more energy-saving unit that uses at least a 15% less energy than required by the current federal standards.
Don’t over- or under- stock
It’s a fact that too much food in your refrigerator might force your unit to use more energy. However, it’s also true that too few stock can also affect your electricity bill. Know how much your refrigerator can hold for maximum efficiency and try to maintain the same level of stock to ensure you don’t waste energy.
- What other energy-saving tips have you heard?
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