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Ways to improve the energy efficiency of your refrigerator

Open Refrigerator with healthy foods

Every homeowner is on the lookout for ways to save money each month. This is particularly true during the winter months, when energy bills skyrocket as people try to keep their homes warm and comfortable as the weather outside gets colder. There are plenty of ways that you can stop unnecessarily wasting your money, especially when it comes to the care of your major kitchen appliances. If you implement certain easy to follow techniques into your everyday life, you can cut down on your energy consumption and reduce your monthly bills.

Here are a few ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your refrigerator:

  • Fill empty space with water: If your refrigerator has any available shelf space, use it to your advantage. If you fill up any spare beverage containers or bottles with water and place them in the refrigerator, they will lower its temperature so it will not have to work as hard to keep your food fresh. Having extra drinking water available is an added bonus.
  • Keep everything covered: The food that you store in the appliance should be covered up to ensure its freshness, but this will also protect the refrigerator. Most foods contain moisture that will leak into the air of the refrigerator if left uncovered, leaving the fridge's compressor to work harder to remove it. This will result in unnecessary spent energy.
  • Vacuum¬†the back: The condenser coils that are in the back will collect dust and dirt over time, making them less effective at powering the refrigerator. By cleaning them regularly, the heat generated by the machine will be carried away without resistance, meaning the fridge will run for shorter cycles while saving energy.

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