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Refrigerator Energy Saving Tips

 

You may not realize it, but your refrigerator could be draining energy and raising your utility bills. But fear not–there are simple things you could be doing to conserve energy and save money. These small changes can add up in a big way:

Adjust the refrigerator settings: Keep your fridge between 37 and 40°F and your freezer at 0 to 5°F. Make sure not to keep your fridge on unreasonably low temperature settings to avoid putting a strain on your unit.

Minimize opening the door as much as possible:  Cool air escapes every time the refrigerator door is opened. The unit then works harder to replace the air. Keep the door open no longer than necessary, close the door completely and make sure that your seal is tight.

Keep the fridge full: A full refrigerator retains cold temperatures better than an empty one. If the fridge is empty,  storing water-filled containers inside will help  your  unit recover quickly after the door has been opened.

Move your refrigerator away from heat sources: Keeping your fridge a good distance away from hot areas such as an oven, dishwasher and direct sunlight can result in a 20% lower energy consumption.

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.

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!

4 Ways to Save Energy in the Kitchen

Whether
the reasons are environmentally- or economically-based, people across
the country are trying to reduce their energy consumption. One place
that leaves a great amount of room for improvement is the kitchen.
Every day, we go through our cooking routines much in the same way
that we have been for our whole lives – usually without
second-guessing our actions. These routines that we inherited from
our parents or developed on our own are often not as
environmentally-friendly as they could be. Here are four quick, easy,
and free ways to reduce the amount of energy that you and your
kitchen consume.

Be mindful of pots and
pans on the stove top.
When
cooking on the stove top, use a burner that is the same size of the
pot or pan you will be using. Placing a 6” pan on a 8” burner may
sound harmless, but the truth is that almost 50% of the heat
generated by your stove top will be wasted. Keeping lids on these
will further increase heat retention, and thus save energy. You can
also turn the heat down when your water reaches a boil.
Turn off the oven early.

If you are cooking a meal in the oven for 25 minutes at 400°, you
can turn the oven off after 20 and let the existing heat cook your
food for the remainder of the period. This works even better if you
refrain from opening the oven door to check on your food and instead
look through the glass with the oven light on. This lesson can also
be applied to boiling pasta on the stove top – just make sure you
have a lid on the pot.

Only use the water you
need.
When
cooking food which requires you to boil water – such as potatoes,
pasta, or eggs – use only as much water as you will need. Many of
us put in much more water than is necessary just to “be safe”,
but that hurts the energy-efficiency of your appliances. Simple
physics will tell you that more time and energy is required to boil
one gallon of water on your stove than one pint.
Bigger is not always
better.
When
trying to save energy, think small. This is especially true in the
kitchen. When making a personal-sized meal, opt for the microwave or
toaster oven over your conventional oven. Is the food processor
really necessary, or will the blender suffice? These are the kinds of
decisions you should be making in your daily life to cut down on
energy consumption around the house.
Speedy
SubZero is a refrigerator repair service located in New York. We
specialize in Sub Zero refrigerator repairs in Huntington,
Brookville, Dix Hills, Great Neck, Garden City, Port Washington, and
surrounding areas. If your Sub Zero refrigerator is broken, trust our
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