If you're trying to save money, try increasing your refrigerator's efficiency. Sixteen years ago, refrigerators used nearly twice the energy of today's ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerators. If your current model lacks the energy savings label, don't worry. There are still smart ways to save. Here are some steps you can take to extend the life of your refrigerator and keep it working properly.
1. Shield it from the sun. Keep your refrigerator away from direct sunlight. Sunlight can heat the appliance and cause it to run more often to keep cool.
2. Stay clean. Remove dust and grime from fridge coils to dispel heat so your fridge stays cooler.
3. Cover those leftovers. Make sure liquids and wrapped foods are covered inside the refrigerator to make the compressor work less.
4. Keep it closed. Limit opening the fridge door by using an in-the-door water / ice feature.
5. Adjust the temperature. Keep your fridge between 36°F and 38°F and the freezer between 0°F and 5°F.
6. Stock up on frozen foods. Keep your freezer full so it won't have to work so hard to keep cool.
1. Protect the plastic. When you clean your plastic drawers and shelves, take care to avoid using abrasives, such as scouring pads, which can scratch the plastic. Always use a mild detergent or baking soda, and then just add water to the solution for safe and easy cleaning.
2. Give your food some elbowroom. Cramming your refrigerator with food keeps cold air from circulating freely. Cover or wrap all stored foods to prevent them from drying out and transferring odors.
3. Keep cold air in. Make sure you're not wasting electricity by checking the seals. Just slide a piece of paper in the closed door of your refrigerator. If it falls out, you need to replace your seals.
4. Say goodbye to mildew and mold. Wipe the inside of your refrigerator with pure white vinegar to prevent the growth of bacteria. After applying the vinegar, wipe the surface clean and dry thoroughly.
5. Clean your coils. To keep your refrigerator running efficiently, clean the condenser coils by unplugging the fridge and gently removing dust. You can locate the condenser coils by checking your owner's manual.