How Can We Reduce the Use of Refrigerator

Updated on April 14, 2022

You’ll save money and help the environment at the same time if you make an effort to keep your refrigerator as energy efficient as possible.

1. Choose or upgrade to an energy-efficient model

Refrigerators have gone a long way in terms of energy efficiency, which may seem like stating the obvious. An older, less-efficient model may easily cost you twice as much to run as a newer one, even if it was highly efficient at the time. If your refrigerator is more than a decade old, it may be time to invest in a new one.

Keep an eye out for physical and technological features while shopping for a new fridge. Frost-free, freezer-top and freezer-bottom types are more energy-efficient than multi-door variants. Particularly if you don’t have access to a large fridge, this is a need.

2. Give your fridge a cool place and some room to breathe 

Depending on where you place your fridge, the amount of effort it has to put in can vary. As far away from heat sources like ovens and radiators as you can keep it. Keep it out of direct sunlight if at all possible.

It’s important to provide at least 5 cm of empty space around your fridge to allow for proper airflow. Your refrigerator’s compressor generates heat, which must be dissipated through an air gap. Because of this, your fridge must work harder and longer to keep your food safe, increasing the temperature inside and increasing the power consumption.

3. Keep the door closed

Leaving the refrigerator door open is a common occurrence when people are distracted. However, this will let all the cool air to escape and all the heated air to enter, so the appliance will have to work harder to get things back to their desired temperature. To lessen the strain on the appliance, limit the number of times the door is opened.

4. Keep your fridge organised

As a matter of good housekeeping, you might argue that a well-organized fridge isn’t going to make your appliance more efficient. Basically, the less time you spend searching around seeking for food when the refrigerator door is open, the less work the condenser has. Additionally, correctly organised food in your refrigerator will keep for longer.

5. Keep your fridge full

At the very least, do what you can. There is less air to chill in a fuller fridge, so it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep everything cool.

Items that are loaded to a high enough level help each other stay cool by exchanging heat. Keep your refrigerator at least two-thirds full. Keep jugs of water in each fridge compartments to make room for more food. That being said, don’t overfill it—good airflow is critical to a refrigerator’s efficiency. Also, keep an eye out for objects that could obstruct the air vents.

6. Fill the freezer, but give the fridge some air

When the freezer is full to the brim, it works at its best. Trying to fill a void? Any unused space in the freezer can be filled with ice or cold-packs for summertime picnics. In the event of a power loss, food in a fully-stocked freezer will remain frozen for an extended period of time.

When it comes to keeping food at a consistent temperature, a refrigerator is an entirely different beast.

Packing a refrigerator too tightly results in food being too cold–and even freezing–while other items remain too warm for optimal storage. Keep food fresher longer by allowing the refrigerator to air.

Try to maintain it roughly two-thirds full, but avoid overcrowding at all costs. In order to keep your fridge and freezer running at full capacity and save you money, you’ll need a lot of electricity. Keeping the fridge and freezer at least two-thirds full reduces the amount of air that escapes. If you and your family are habitual door-openers, this is a must-have.

7. Match foods to the right microclimate

Keep in mind that hot air rises and cold air sinks; every refrigerator has its own distinct weather pattern of chilling breezes. Assign goods to the correct neighbourhood in your refrigerator.

There is an excellent area for meat or poultry near the cold-air inlet, but lettuce will freeze and deteriorate before it has a chance.

To extend the shelf life of your food, store it at a temperature below 40°F (4.4°C) for produce, sauces, and meats.

8. Don’t put hot food straight in.

Food should be cooled down before being stored in the refrigerator or freezer. For a refrigerator-freezer, less work means less energy used.

9. Peek, grab and close.

While taking food out, do not leave the door open. Cold air escapes and energy is needed to bring the temperature back down after a door has been open for a lengthy period of time.

10. Track temperatures

A refrigerator or freezer thermometer might help you save money. Temperatures that are too cold squander energy, whereas temperatures that are too warm prematurely ruin food.

Check to make sure the thermostat isn’t set too low. Refrigerators and freezers should be kept at a temperature of -18oC or above.

Temperature settings that work well in the winter may not function as well in the summer, so be careful to keep track of the seasons.

How much is your fridge costing you?

One of the most common domestic appliances is the refrigerator, which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Even if you have to keep your fridge and freezer running at all times, you can still lower the amount of electricity it uses.

Keeping food fresh and reducing energy consumption might help alleviate a tight food budget. These ten suggestions will help you save as much electricity as possible on your refrigerator.


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