5 Ways to Cut Refrigerator Energy Costs

If you
are looking for ways to lower your electricity bill, you have
probably tried things like turning your lights off every time you
leave the room or unplugging your electronics when they aren’t in use.
What you may not have considered is looking at your refrigerator.
Your
refrigerator is the only appliance in your house that runs 24/7 and
can use a lot of electricity if you aren’t careful. Use the following
five tips to help reduce the amount of energy that your refrigerator
uses.
Clean the condenser
coils.
When
was the last time (if ever) that you cleaned your refrigerator’s
condenser coils? These winding tubes are located on the back of your
refrigerator and are responsible for cooling the refrigerant as it
passes through. In order to effectively do this, they need to release
heat, which is hard to do if they are coated in a layer of dust.
Clean these twice a year using your vacuum with a brush
attachment to lower your energy bills and extend your refrigerator’s
lifespan.
Keep your refrigerator
full.
If you
want to reduce how much energy your refrigerator uses, keep it
well-stocked with food. The more food that you have in your
refrigerator, the better it holds its temperature when you open the
door, and in turn uses less energy to maintain a consistent
temperature. Don’t over-stuff it though, as it will hinder air
circulation and lead to warm spots.
Minimize how many times
you open the door.
Every
time you open the refrigerator door, cold air escapes and the
compressor must work harder to bring the internal temperature back
down to your desired setting. When you are preparing a meal, grab
everything you need from inside the refrigerator in one trip, and
avoid opening the door for long periods of time while searching for
something to eat.
Allow for proper
ventilation.
Refrigerators
don’t actually work by producing cold, but rather by removing heat
from the inside. This heat needs a place to go, and it gets released
through vents, which is why the back of your refrigerator always
feels warm. Give at least two inches of separation between the back
of your refrigerator and the wall to provide adequate room for
ventilation.
Inspect
the gasket.
The
gasket is the rubber seal located on the perimeter of your refrigerator door. If you couldn’t guess, the gasket is responsible
for keeping the cold air in, so if there is a leak you could see a
spike in your energy bill. To see if your gasket is sealing tightly, shut your refrigerator door on a dollar bill. If you can
easily remove the dollar or slide it up and down, you should replace
your gasket immediately.
A
broken or malfunctioning refrigerator can quickly rack up your electricity
bill if you don’t get it fixed. If your fridge is causing issues,
call Speedy Subzero at 1-866-782-9376. For more than 75 years, we
have provided in-home refrigerator repairs to residents of Long
Island and New York City. Same-day appointments are available and our
phone lines are open 24/7, so call us today!

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