The refrigerator is a very useful home appliance as it served as storage of food. It reduces the rate of food spoilage by decreasing the rate of bacterial reproduction. It also keeps food and drinks cool. Owning a refrigerator, however, is not cheap as it account for as much as 15 to 20 percent of your home's electric bill. You may be spending more on your electric bill if you are using a non energy efficient refrigerator or you are not using your refrigerator in an energy-efficient way. If you follow some of the energy saving tips discussed in this article, you will be spending less on your electric bill.
If you are using a old model of refrigerator, it may be time for you to replace it with modern energy-efficient models. According to the Consumer Energy Center of California, today's refrigerators use an average of 60 percent less electricity than 20-year-old models. The center estimated that an old style, inefficient refrigerator might be costing a household of as much as $280 a year in places with high electrical rates. A brand new energy-efficient model will pay for itself just from the energy savings alone. It is more costly to own an old model refrigerator than buying a brand new energy-efficient one. Just think of the long term financial benefits of a brand new fridge if you are reluctant on shelling out cash to buy it.
If you are shopping for new refrigerators look for models with the Energy Star logo. These models use 50% less energy than average models made in 1974. The Energy Star program was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the goal of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission by power plants. GE Appliances and Whirlpool are selling refrigerators with Energy Star Certification.
Don't buy a refrigerator that is not appropriately sized for your needs. If your refrigerator is too large, you may be wasting both energy and home space. If your refrigerator is too small, internal circulation would be impeded if you overload it with your stuff. Just buy the refrigerator that is appropriate for your need so that you will not end up wasting energy and precious space.
Open the refrigerator as briefly and infrequently as possible. Organize your stuff in the fridge properly so that it is easy for you to find items inside. You can put an inventory list on the fridge's door to facilitate easy searching of items inside.
Let hot and warm food cool first at room temperature before putting them inside the refrigerator. The fridge will waste a significant amount of energy cooling the food.
Ensure that the refrigerator seals are in good condition to prevent cold temperature from leaking out. Change or fix the seals if the suction has been damaged or become weak. To test the refrigerator seals, insert a piece of paper along the edge of the refrigerator and then pull it out. If you can easily put the paper out, it signifies that the seals' suction is weak. Repeat testing in several places along the edge.
Don't place your fridge along sources of heat such as stove and oven. In order to not overwork the motor, place the fridge 4 inches away from the walls.
Refrigerators that have door water dispensers and ice makers tend to consume more energy. Although these two features are cool, they may not be necessary especially if you want to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.