How can I improve the efficiency of my fridge or freezer?
Here are a few tips:
Buy the right-sized fridge/freezer for your household
When buying a fridge or freezer, make sure you choose one with the right capacity for your needs. Remember, an empty fridge, just as an over-packed fridge, will make the appliance work harder. If you don’t store much in your fridge, fill up some of the space with cold bottles of tap water or screwed-up newspaper to help keep the temperature down.
Pay attention to where you position your fridge/freezer
If your fridge/freezer spends much of the day in direct sunlight or is positioned next to the oven, it could add to your electricity bill. It will need to work harder to keep cool than a fridge/freezer that’s in a shady area away from heat sources.
Dust the back of your fridge/freezer
The condenser coils on the back of your fridge/freezer should be vacuumed or dusted every few months to help keep it more efficient. Build-up of dust and dirt will make it more difficult for the coils to get rid of the heat and it will take more energy to cool your fridge down.
Keep the door seals clean
A good seal is essential for the operation of your fridge/freezer. Make sure the seals are kept clean and check them for signs of wear and tear to make sure no cool air is escaping.
Don’t put hot food in the fridge
Make sure you cool any leftovers down before putting them in the fridge. Warm food will make the fridge work doubly hard to compensate for the heat you’ve just added.
Check out our energy saving tips for more ways to help make your home more energy efficient.