Top 10 Tips to reduce the cost of running your fridge & deep freeze
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How much does it cost you to run your refrigerator monthly?
The refrigerator is the largest energy consuming white appliance in many homes. Because almost all homes have at least one refrigerator, and refrigerators run 24 hours a day. You may need to keep your refrigerator and bottom freezer running at all times. But that doesn't mean you can't reduce the amount of electricity needed to run your refrigerator. Keeping food fresh can provide a useful boost to a struggling food budget while conserving energy. Here are ten tips for making sure you use the least possible amount of energy for your refrigerator or bottom freezer.
1. Fill deep freeze but let your fridge air
The deep freeze works most efficiently when it is as full as possible. Need to fill in the blank? Put extra ice in any empty space in the freezer for cold drinks or cold packs for summer picnics. Bonus: Full-freeze deep freezes keep food frozen longer in the event of a power outage. The refrigerator, on the other hand, is a different type, requiring air circulation to keep food at an even temperature. Overfilling the refrigerator means that some foods get too cold and may even freeze, while it won't be cold enough for proper storage for other foods and drinks. Let the refrigerator be a little empty to keep food fresh longer. Try to keep it about 2/3 full without excessive bottoming. Your refrigerator and bottom freezer use a lot of energy to replace all the cold air that comes out every time someone opens the door. By keeping the refrigerator and bottom freezer at least 2/3 full, you can ensure that only 1/3 or less of this air escapes.
2. Place food in the right microclimate
Make sure you put the food in the right place inside the refrigerator, as warm air rises and cold air descends, and each refrigerator has its own unique cold draft pattern.
3. Do not put hot food directly.
Before placing food in your refrigerator or freezer, wait for it to cool naturally first. Your refrigerator or freezer uses less energy to cool a food that is not hot.
4. Look, take and close.
Do not leave the door open when taking food out. The longer the door is left open, the more cold air escapes and the more energy it takes to bring the temperature back down when the door is closed.
5. Keep track of temperatures
A thermometer can be the key to saving money in the fridge or freezer. Too cold temperatures waste energy, while too low temperatures cause food to spoil prematurely. Make sure the temperature is not too low. Refrigerators should not be set below 5ºC and freezers should not be set to -18ºC. Be sure to pay attention to the setting of your refrigerator when the seasons change; A temperature setting that works well for the winter months may need to be adjusted in warmer weather.
6. Watch out for frost formation
If your freezer requires manual defrosting, be sure to defrost it regularly. The more ice in your freezer, the more energy it consumes. If the ice inside is thicker than 1 cm, you must defrost it.
7. Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator
If you are defrosting deepfreeze food, put it in the refrigerator. It helps keep the refrigerator cool without using energy to do so.
8. Allow ventilation
Make sure there is enough space for air circulation around the refrigerator and freezer, and keep it away from any external heat source, including direct sunlight.If you put a lot of things on the top and sides of your refrigerator, your refrigerator will continue to work harder to get rid of the hot air created by the cooling process. So beware of putting anything on top of it. Thus, it will operate more easily and use less electricity.
9. Check the condenser coils for dust
Condenser coils do the heavy lifting of creating cold air, but if their surfaces are covered with dust or dirt, they cannot radiate heat properly. If it's dusty, turn off the refrigerator - bottom freezer and use a coil brush or vacuum cleaner to clean the condenser coils at the back or bottom of the refrigerator. Clean your condenser coils 2-3 times a year. Clean coils cost less to run, and keeping them clean will extend the life of your device, as they work faster to cool the air.
10. Make sure the gaskets on the door are working properly
If you have condensation on the outside of your fridge-freezer, that's a sure sign that you need to replace the gaskets. Air-leaking door seals are the main culprits of energy loss in both the refrigerator and freezer. Doors that are not properly closed allow cold air to escape, causing your refrigerator to work harder and lower food quality. Check the door seals with the "paper" test. A piece of paper on the door of the refrigerator or freezer close it on. A well-closed door will hold tight to the paper; If the paper falls or can slip easily, it's time to clean or replace the gaskets.