Almost 90% of the world’s population use home appliances, especially refrigerators. A refrigerator is one of those appliances that consume high amounts of electricity in your home.
Here are some basic and simple steps to follow in minimizing your refrigerator’s energy consumption.
- First is considering the location of your refrigerator. Make sure that it is well-ventilated enough, especially at the back. If the spaces are limited, the fridge may not function efficiently and may build up heat. Prevent your refrigerator from being overworked by avoiding it from direct sunlight and keeping it in a room with at least a cool or normal room temperature.
- Another is by the dials. You don’t need to keep your refrigerator’s dial at the highest temperature. It will only make your fridge consume more energy by making it work harder. Keeping the fridge setting at slightly higher mode from the middle is just enough.
- Keeping your fridge closed is another way of conserving its energy consumption. Try to cut down the number of times that you open and close your refrigerator’s door. Energy is consumed when the lights inside are turned on and off for many times. Take out what you need then close it promptly. Don’t leave the fridge door for too long because cooled air escapes making it consume more energy just to maintain the inside of the fridge at the set temperature.
- Keep fridge extras turned off. Modern refrigerators have many extra features. Some have ice makers, some have water dispensers and some even have a television on it. For smart buyers, you don’t have to buy a fridge with extras, but to some who opt to buy these modern appliances to cope with modern life, it’s best just to turn off these extras. You can thereby control the raise of your energy consumption, meaning controlling your electricity bills.
- Check your refrigerator’s rubber seal. For long usage of your fridge, a seal that goes around your fridge doors wear out. Sometimes it will have holes or sometimes magnets binding those doors are getting weaker or you might say do not function properly. Those that keep the air from escaping from wirings that go inside the fridge, or those holes where the fans are, sometimes wear out too. It only makes your refrigerator produce or give out more energy since it has to keep the inside of your fridge at the constant temperature as the cold air escapes from those broken seals and cracked holes. Have those worn and cracked seals be repaired or replaced.
- Lastly is unplugging your fridge. Unplug it if you are not using it or if it doesn’t need to be turned on in the first place. If you are going out of town with the family for a long vacation, it is best to defrost and unplug your refrigerator since you will be gone for a long time. This saves much energy since you are not going to use it in anyway. If you have two refrigerators, and you seldom use the other one or only keep some or few items in it, turn it off. Unplug and transfer all those items to your main fridge. This will save you a lot of energy and money.
These simple tips will help you reduce your electricity bill and reduce the consumption of your fridge’s energy.