Why You Shouldn’t Constantly Open Your Refrigerator Door

If you
are like millions of Americans, you are always looking for ways to
cut costs – especially on your electricity bill. In an attempt to
reduce your energy consumption, you may have already tried things
like unplugging all of your unused devices or drying your laundry on
a clothesline, but there is an easier way which you aren’t
considering: limiting the amount of times you open your
refrigerator’s door.
Your
refrigerator is the most-used appliance in your home – it runs
around-the-clock and is used dozens of times throughout the day.
Every time you open your refrigerator door, cold air escapes and warm
air enters. This causes the compressor, which is trying to maintain a
cool temperature, to go into overdrive, raising your electricity bill
and shortening your refrigerator’s lifespan. In fact, opening the
door can account for nearly 10% of the appliance’s total energy
consumption, according to Good Housekeeping.
If you
are looking for some ways to minimize how long you keep your
refrigerator door open, try using the following tips:
  • When
    preparing a meal that calls for multiple ingredients, get them all
    out of your refrigerator in one trip instead of repeatedly going
    back for one thing at a time.
  • Know
    where everything in your refrigerator is located so you can get in
    and out as quickly as possible.
  • Avoid
    standing in front of your open refrigerator and blankly staring for
    long periods of time – we all do it!
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more expert tips about refrigerators, energy efficiency, and the
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