The refrigerator is one of the major appliances that gets the most use in our homes daily. What many do not know is that the refrigerator consumes just about more electricity than any other appliance or product in your home. For those who want to save money on your utility costs, here are a few simple suggestions you can implement to do so:
Regulate the temperature
Keeping your refrigerator at a normal temperature is one of the ways to reduce the energy consumption. You see, the colder temperatures you keep your refrigerator, the more energy it consumes. Therefore, it’s recommended to always regulate the temperature of the freezer and main area to a reasonable setting to reduce the amount of energy it consumes. Also, to prevent stored food from spoiling, you should never keep it to low. The appropriate temperature to set your refrigerator for maximum efficiency and to prevent food spoilage is around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer to be set at zero degrees.
Location of your refrigerator affects its efficiency
The location of your refrigerator is one of the major contributors to its efficiency. Placing your refrigerator near your oven, stove or other sources of heat will reduce its efficiency and thereby increase energy consumption. Always try to put your refrigerator away from any source of heat and place in a well-ventilated location because it will affect the time taken before the refrigerator can reach its optimum temperatures. Although the refrigerator should be located in a well-ventilated area it should not affect the location of other appliances in your kitchen.
Never place hot food in the refrigerator
Putting hot dishes in the refrigerator makes it work more when trying to cool the food down and by this it will use more electricity. But when the hot food is allowed to cool down before putting it in the refrigerator, the energy needed by the refrigerator for cooling the food is reduced. Therefore, you are advised to allow the hot dish to cool down for a maximum of 2 hours (or the food will get spoilt if longer) before putting it in the refrigerator.
Simple steps, no doubt. Good steps to implement for sure. Be sure your refrigerator and all other electrical devices are on their own dedicated circuits to ensure your electrical panel is not overloaded and your circuit breakers begin to trip. If you are experiencing issues like this, call McCauley Electrical, your local, licensed electrician serving all of Albany and the surrounding Capital Region.