How to Increase Efficiency and Save Money with Appliances

Appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators consume a considerable amount of electricity. In fact, a refrigerator is often a home’s heaviest electricity user. If you have a new manufactured energy efficient refrigerator, you can still save on electricity by following a few simple energy saving tips.

Whether or not you have an energy-efficient refrigerator, you can take advantage of the following tips to increase efficiency.

  • Adjust your freezer temperature to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, but it may take a long time to thaw foods. Keep the refrigerator at 38 degrees Fahrenheit or colder (any warmer will allow foods to spoil).
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. The cold air that escapes when the door is opened is replaced by warm air that must be cooled all over again.
  • Before you open your refrigerator or freezer door think about what it is you need. Stop browsing.
  • Be sure the refrigerator and freezer doors seal tightly. You can test the seal by closing the door on a piece of paper. If you’re able to remove it easily with the door closed, it’s probably time to replace the rubber gasket around the door’s perimeter.
  • Keep the freezer stocked. Frozen items in the freezer help keep neighboring items frozen. You can also add containers or bags of ice if you are unable to keep your freezer full of food.
  • Don’t over-stuff your refrigerator. A full refrigerator has to work harder to stay cool than a moderately full one.
  • Keep the refrigerator’s cooling coils free of dust. This will prevent the refrigerator from overworking and increase energy efficiency.

MYTH: A freezer that is too cold causes freezer burn. Temperature does not cause freezer burn. Freezer burn is the dehydration of your food by air.

If you have other tips, please share them with us by leaving a comment.

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  1. Anna says:

    Never realized that a refrigerator can be a household’s heaviest electricity user. Will definitely put these tips to use.

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