The average refrigerator is responsible for about 8% of a household’s monthly electricity consumption. This number is already significant, and it can skyrocket if you don’t practice good habits. Here are a few quick and easy tips to help you improve the energy-efficiency of your refrigerator.
Tip #1: Vacuum your condenser coils.
Vacuuming the condenser coils is something that not many of us do, but it is the number one way to reduce your appliance’s energy consumption and extend its lifespan. The condenser coils are located on the back of the unit, and are responsible for releasing warm air. Over several months, these coils can become coated in a thick layer of dust and hair, hurting their ability to vent heat. Clean them every six months using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
Tip #2: Routinely inspect the gasket.
The gasket is the rubber seal that runs along the edge of your refrigerator door, and it is a key factor in your unit’s energy-efficiency. Unfortunately, the gasket is usually the first component to wear out and need replacing. Every month or so, closely examine the gasket for cracks, tears, and signs of excessive wear. These can damage the air-tight seal that the gasket creates, and allow warm air to enter the refrigerator, crippling your appliance’s energy-efficiency. If your gasket is worn out, swap it out immediately – replacements are cheap and easy to install.
Tip #3: Minimize door openings.
Every time you open your refrigerator door, as much as 30% of the cold air can escape. This number is even higher when you leave the door open for extended periods of time. There are two ways to minimize refrigerator door openings: limit the number of times that you open the door, and keep it open for as short as possible. If you are preparing a meal which requires several refrigerated ingredients, take them all out of the fridge in one trip. And always do your best to avoid standing in front of an open fridge, blankly staring inside looking for something to eat (we all do it). Know what you need before you open the door, get in, and get out as quickly as possible.
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