Energy Guide: Saving Your Refrigerator All At Once!

Written by: Andrew Barrientos

Many refrigerators that people use today may consume more energy than needed, such as older models of refrigerators. Now there are many brands and tips on how to save energy and money with your refrigerator. Tips such as how much you should stock your refrigerator, how to keep your refrigerator running properly, what should you look for in a new refrigerator, and more!

Considering these tips on how to save energy and money with your current refrigerator:

  • Set your refrigerator temperature settings to 37° to 40° and your freezer up to 0° to 5°
  • When stocking your refrigerator, keep it full as it retains the cold inside
  • Once a year consider cleaning your condenser coils as they are a large part of keeping your refrigerator cool. With clean coils there’s less energy consumed to force the cold air in.
  • Check the seals of your refrigerator to keep the cool inside the refrigerator

When looking for a new refrigerator, ENERGY STAR refrigerators are the way to go. ENERGY STAR products are the best when it comes to saving energy. They can be 10-40% more energy efficient!

  • Look for top-freezer refrigerator. This style uses the least amount of energy
  • Energy efficient refrigerators are generally sized up to 16-20 cubic feet, any size larger than that may consume a much higher amount of energy

There are also other ways to save energy and money:

  • Thermometers can help you measure the temperature of your refrigerator or freezer. Since your refrigerator may not have a digital reading of its temperature, using a thermometer can tell you if your refrigerator or freezer is too cold or too warm.
  • Check for rebates! Rebates are another way to help you save money. When purchasing energy efficient products and even when recycling your older model of refrigerator, there may be a rebate available to help with the upgrade.

Contact us for more information!

  • 1-800-314-5997
  • MUSDenergy@wattzon.com

Sources:

http://www.viwapa.vi/News/EnergyConservationTips/Refrigerator_EnergyConservationTips.aspx

https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/refrigerators

http://www.green-energy-efficient-homes.com/home-energy-saving-devices.html

https://www.energystar.gov/products/ask-the-expert/what-to-consider-when-buying-a-refrigerator


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