Energy saving is a popular topic thanks to numerous studies and new, cost-effective technologies.
One appliance that uses energy constantly is the refrigerator. Flex Your Power lists several tips for keeping energy use and monthly costs down:
- Adjust the refrigerator temperature settings. Optimum refrigerator range is 37 to 40 degree Fahrenheit. If the temperature control system does not specify degrees, check the manual for corresponding settings.
- Keep the refrigerator full. A full refrigerator retains cold better than an empty one. If the refrigerator is nearly empty, store water-filled containers inside. The mass of cold items will enable to refrigerator to recover more quickly after the door has been opened. On the other hand, don’t overfill it, since that will interfere with the circulation of cold air inside.
- Keep your refrigerator away from heat sources such as an oven, a dishwasher and direct sunlight from a window. A 10 degree increase in surrounding temperature can result in 20% higher energy consumption.
- Minimize door openings as much as possible. Every time the refrigerator door is opened, cooled air escapes. The unit must then work harder to replace the air. Try to keep the door open no longer than necessary. Be sure to close the door completely.