Refrigerators and freezers undeniably consume a lot of energy and power which directly shoots up our bills. It can consume about 500-1000w of energy especially if it is not a smart appliance. The only way to reduce our bills is to ensure we maximize the use of refrigerator while using it efficiently.
1. Create vacuum at the back: You must have heard severally about the importance of allowing some space between the wall and your appliance. But yes we also fail to acknowledge doing this. So much dust and dirt get trapped behind your refrigerator and this collects on the condenser coils. Once you’ve cleaned them off, the heat from your refrigerator will be able to be carried away without as much resistance, making your cycles run for a shorter period of time.
2. Clean condenser coils: The condenser coils of your refrigerator remove warmth from the unit. If these large coils on the back or underside of your fridge start to get dusty, it becomes difficult for them to continue operating in the efficient manner in which they were designed. If these coils are working twice as hard as they are meant to, it causes heightened energy consumption that could eventually lead to problems for your appliance eventually.
You can use a bristle brush to easily remove any dirt that has accumulated over the years. You don’t have to clean the coils often, just enough to prevent build-up that affects the unit’s performance
3. Don’t leave food open: Most foods in our refrigerator contain moisture and when left uncovered would leach this moisture into the air and the compressor in your refrigerator will have to work twice as hard to remove it.
4. Don’t store hot foods: Try as much as possible not to place hot food in the refrigerator. Let the food sit and cool for as much as possible before storing in the refrigerator or freezer.
5. Always have water: Using empty soda bottles, juice containers, or sachet water bags can help keep your fridge full when you aren’t packing it to the gills. It helps regulate the temperature and keep things cold so your refrigerator doesn’t have to work as hard.
6. Keep the Doors Closed: This is the most obvious and cheapest way to reduce energy consumption. Those little moments when you stand in front of your fridge deciding what you want can deal a large blow to your bill. As the cold air escapes from your appliance, it requires more energy to return it to its intended temperature. If possible, decide what you want prior to opening the doors of your refrigerator or freezer.
These tips can help you make more efficient use of your refrigerator. Saving your energy and money.