Energy efficiency seems to be the order of the day today. Electricity consumers around the world are starting to realise that the first step to take towards managing electricty bills is to start investing in energy efficient appliances and paying close attention to how they use these appliances.
One the most important home appliance to pay attention to when managing energy consumption is the refrigerator, along with the air conditioner. In most homes, the refrigerator is the second-largest user of electricity (13.7%), right after the air conditioner (14.1%).
With this data in mind, we know that cutting down electricty consumption of your refrigerator and air conditioner can effectively help reduce your electricity bills. Here are a couple of tips that would help you reduce power consumption of your refirgerator.
Make sure that you are using a refrigerator that is appropriately sized for your needs. If your fridge is too small, you may be overworking it. If it’s too large, then you’re potentially wasting energy and home space.
Keep Up With Maintenance:
Check to make sure that the coils behind the refrigerator are all cleaned on a regular basis and free of dust. Keeping this clean allows for better airflow resulting in the compressor working less hard than if the coils were dirty. Another thing that you should regularly do is defrost the freezer. Frost buildup should never exceed one-quarter of an inch as this will decrease the unit’s energy efficiency. Making sure there is no air leakage is important as well. When cold air escapes, the compressor works harder to replace it. Perform the dollar bill test on your refrigerator door. Lastly, make sure that the compressor is running smoothly. The compressor is what regulates cold air in the appliance if it is struggling to keep the unit cold, it is using more energy than necessary.
Set the Right Temperature
If you keep your refrigerator or freezer set unnecessarily low, you can use up more energy and end up with a much higher bill. Refrigerators and freezers should not be set too cold. Refrigerators should maintain a temperature of 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit to work at peak efficiency and minimize energy costs. Freezers should be at 5 degrees. Stand-alone freezers for long storage can be set at 0 degrees. To check your refrigerator’s temperature, set a thermometer in a glass of water in the center of the appliance. Read the thermometer after 24 hours. For a freezer, place a thermometer in between packages. Again, read the thermometer after 24 hours.
Pick The Right Type of Refrigerator:
Refrigerators with ice makers and through the door water dispensers tend to use more energy. It may seem cool to have one of those models but in a broader perspective, it’s not really a necessary feature. Frost free refrigerators and models with automatic defrosting features consume more electricity than the manual-defrost types. This is something you should consider when buying a new refrigerator.
Position Your Refrigerator Strategically:
The location of a refrigerator is often limited by electrical and water hookups, but when possible, situate the refrigerator strategically to maximize its use. Making sure that there is proper air flow around the refrigerator can help it run more efficiently. Give your unit some room to breathe, place it at least 4 inches away from the wall so as not to overwork the motor. Moreover, move it away from sources of heat such as the stove or oven. If the appliance is stored between cabinets, make sure that nothing stored around the unit hinders its airflow.
Inside The Refrigerator:
Avoid putting hot or warm food inside the ref. Let it cool first before putting them inside.
Your Affair With The Refrigerator Door:
Open the fridge as infrequently and briefly as possible. Properly stock the items inside and try to have an inventory list stuck on the door so you won’t waste so much time searching for what’s inside.
An Empty Fridge:
When the refrigerator is almost empty, put in a few bottles of water to help store the cold. Conversely, internal air circulation is important for the fridge so avoid overloading it with stuff.
Your Refrigerators Life Cycle:
If your fridge is old, say over 10 years already, do consider getting a new one. Refrigerators nowadays have energy efficiency features and better performing motors that helps you in saving electricity.