Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Tips for Fridges

Fridges, or refrigerator for the purists are one of the most important part of the kitchen, imagine life without one! There are a few facts and tips that can really help you make the most of the fridge yo have and save on energy and waste.

If you are out to buy a refrigerator look for one with an automatic moisture control. Incidental, models with an anti-sweat heater will consume 5% to 10% more energy than models without this feature. It is not the same as an automatic moisture control feature.

Site your freezer and fridge in a cool place, away from direct sunlight, cookers and boilers.

You can get away with setting the fridge temperature as high as 38 Fahrenheit. most fridges come with a star based efficiency rating. Try to go for the most efficient as using a fridge accounts around 16% of the home's energy and you can save up to 40% on energy by doing this'

Check the fridge temperature by putting a thermometer in a glass of water and leave overnight. If your fridge runs too cold much of the food may actually freeze and you will be losing an extra 25% in energy, 35 to 40 Fahrenheit is ideal, so give it a check.

Fridges give off heat this heat should be dispersed outwards by leaving space all around the fridge perimeter. If you don't the heat will act as an oven to the fridge and use much more energy fighting the heat.

There is always a call to give the fridge a good clean but don't just clean the inside, look at the back of the fridge and get rid of all the dust that accumulates. Again energy can be save by doing this as dusty coils need up to 30% more energy.

Airtight door improve efficiency, test them by putting a piece of paper between the door and the frame, if you can't pull it out easily when shut you're okay. If not, energy is being wasted.

Always used sealed containers for food and liquid. Why? Because produce will evaporate and release moisture, this in turn will affect the compressor int he system making it less efficient.

Do you also have an old fridge pumping away in the garage? Do you really need it?

Get rid of it unless it is really necessary, it will save you lots of money. One large fridge is more cost effective than two small ones.

If you go away on holiday or you food supply is very low, just turn the fridge off, again don't forget about that 16% of your household electricity bill is being swallowed up for nothing if this is the case.

Don't put warm food int he fridge, allow it to cool to room temperature first, this again will save energy and reduce a moisture build up.

Finally, try and keep the fridge door closed as much as possible.

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