How to Reduce Your Refrigerator’s Energy Consumption: Do’s and Don’ts

With
the weather warming up, a big concern of homeowners across the
country is their electricity bill. If you are looking to keep yours
down during the warm summer months, you don’t have to sacrifice your
family’s comfort; instead, the answer could lie in your kitchen.
The
refrigerator is the only appliance in your home that runs 24/7,
making it one of your primary energy consumers. We often don’t give
refrigerators the attention they deserve, but using the tips below
could result in a significant savings on your monthly utility bill.
Do these three things to
save money on your monthly electricity bill:
  • Vacuum your
    condenser coils every six months.
    Keeping
    these coils clean will allow them to efficiently release heat and
    keep the inside of your fridge nice and cold.
  • Regularly inspect
    your gasket for cracks.
    Your
    gasket (also known as the rubber door seal) is responsible for
    keeping warm air out; if it is cracked or damaged your electricity
    bill could skyrocket.
  • Keep your fridge
    well-stocked.
    Keeping your
    refrigerator stocked with food will help it retain its temperature
    when the door is opened. Beware of over-stuffing though, which could
    restrict air flow and lead to warm spots.
DON’T do these three
things to save money on your monthly electricity bill:
  • DON’T place your
    refrigerator near heat-generating appliances.
    Keep
    your refrigerator away from your stove and out of direct sunlight if
    possible – exposure to either of these things can cause it to warm
    up.
  • DON’T keep your
    refrigerator door open for long periods of time.
    Every
    time you open the fridge, cold air escapes. Save energy by
    minimizing how many times you open your refrigerator door and how
    long you keep it open for.
  • DON’T put hot food
    in the fridge.
    Let your
    freshly-cooked food cool down before putting it in the fridge,
    otherwise it will warm up the interior and make your refrigerator
    work harder to keep cold.
A
broken refrigerator can also consume much more energy than one which
is operating properly. If you suspect your refrigerator is
malfunctioning, Speedy Subzero can repair it for a fraction of the
cost of a new model. We serve Long Island, New York City,
Connecticut, and New Jersey, and same-day service is available –
call us any time at 866-782-9376 to schedule an appointment with one
of our licensed technicians.

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