Your fridge freezer is one of those appliances that needs to stay on, but there are ways to reduce its energy usage:
- Make sure the temperature is at the right level. The coldest part of your fridge should be below 5oC (40oF), according to the Food Standards Agency. Your freezer should ideally be -18℃ (0oF). Just 10 degrees colder could use up to 25% more energy.
- Don't overfill your fridge, leaving space allows air to circulate and helps keep the fridge at the set temperature.
- Check the door seals are airtight and replace them if they’re worn
- Vacuum the back of the fridge every now and then, to prevent dust from building up around the condenser coils. This could improve its energy efficiency by 30%.
Don’t position your fridge in direct sunlight, or near other heat sources, for example next to the cooker.