Because nearly every household has at least one fridge, which runs 24 hours a day, it is the single largest power consumer in many families. You may need to keep your refrigerator and freezer running all the time, but that does not mean you cannot save money on power. Keeping food fresh while conserving energy can give strained foods a much-needed boost. Here are some of the steps by which we can reduce the consumption of electricity of a refrigerator:
1. Efficient unit needs to be chosen: It may be tempting to choose an older, less expensive unit, but you may end up paying far more in the long term. Sustainability Victoria has compiled a list of helpful hints for purchasing a new refrigerator or freezer.
2. Need to check the seals: Your refrigerator seals keep your doors shut securely, keeping unwelcome hot air out. So, to avoid your refrigerator working harder than it needs to make sure it is in good operating order.
a. How can I tell if my door seals are damaged or worn?
i. The door keeps opening and closing.
ii. The interior of the refrigerator freezer ices up.
iii. There is a water leak.
iv. The seals have physical cracks, tears, or splits due to the extreme temperature fluctuations.
v. The corners of the seal have buckled.
vi. The seals are fragile or hard.
vii. The seals have mold or discoloration.
viii. The seal and the door have a visible gap.
3. Fill without overfilling: When you keep your fridge full, there is less space for warm air to enter when you open the door. So, if you have any large gaps, fill them with water containers. But do not cram everything in; chilly air needs to be able to move freely throughout the fridge.
4. Temperature settings need to be monitored: Sustainability Victoria suggests setting your refrigerator to 3 degrees Celsius and your freezer to between -15 and -18 degrees Celsius. Any lower, and you are squandering energy by forcing your unit to be colder than it needs to be.
5. Hot things to be cooled first: When you put hot items in your fridge, it must work extra hard to cool down to its normal temperature. Allow hot food to cool on the counter before putting it in the fridge to avoid this.
6. Consider the fridge as a defroster: Are you planning on eating that delicious Bolognese you have in the freezer later this week? Defrost it in the refrigerator. It will take a bit longer to thaw, but it will keep your fridge cool in the meanwhile - almost like an energy boost.
7. Do not let frost build in your fridge: Frost can form on the coils in your freezer that remove heat. To remove the warmer air, those coils need to be in contact with it, but if there's ice in the way, it's a lot tougher - which means your freezer has to work much harder.
8. Keep the door properly closed: We understand that being at home makes this seem nearly impossible. However, the less you open the fridge door (we guarantee nothing has changed since last time), the less time it takes to cool down when you close it.
9. Cleaning of coils is essential: This is our top pick for a bingo card with "strange staying at-home activities." The coils that help remove heat can be found behind or beneath your refrigerator. Dust can accumulate on these and act as an insulator, so brush or vacuum them to assist them to release heat more efficiently.
10. Leave space around the complete unit: Keeping stuff on top of or along the edges of your refrigerator is like placing a thick winter coat on it to keep warm air in. Make sure your fridge has sufficient ventilation on all sides, so it does not have to work as hard to keep cool.
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