Among all our household appliances, the refrigerator is the one that is on most,Â if not all,Â of the time. The next time you go shopping for a new refrigerator, look for one that is rated with an ‘Energy Star’. Check the labels when you shop for appliances. Each label shows the energy use per year.Â A typical refrigerator uses 1,500 kilowatts per year, whereas an energy-efficient one would be 250-600 kilowatts per year. Now that’s a big difference!
If you can’t cough up the dough for a new refrigerator, you can still keep energy use low. Here are some tips to keep your refrigerator green:
– Keep your refrigerator full but not stuffed. Both fridge and freezer can retain their coolness better if they’re full.
– Place your fridge in the coolest part of your kitchen.
– The most efficient temperatures for the fridge are between 35 and 38 degrees and for the freezer at 0 degrees.Â Colder temperatures use 25% more energy and aren’t necessary to keep food cool.
– Choose your item before you open the door.Â With each door-opening you consume the same amount of power as you’d use to light a 60-watt bulb for 10 minutes.
– Let hot items cool before placing them into the fridge.
– Defrost the freezer regularly.
– Clean the filter and coils annually.Â A dusty coil can increase energy consumption by about 20%.
– Check the door for a tight seal.Â You can do so by closing the door on a dollar bill and seeing how easy it is to remove it.
– Allow air-circulation around your fridge by keeping a few inches of space between the fridge and cabinets.
– Cover food stored in the fridge.Â Uncovered food releases moisture making the compressor work harder.
By following these tips, your refrigerator will not only be more energy-efficient, but will also last longer, helping you stretch your ringgit. Remember, a green refrigerator makes for a happier you.