Cool right, save wisely

In every household that has electricity, you will most likely find a refrigerator or freezer of some sort. These appliances contain a very essential function – cooling. As such it is important to be efficient and smart at the same time about how much energy you use because it will save you money and help the environment too.

Energy Saving Tips

  • Always refer to your refrigerator or freezer manual for the recommended settings. Many energy firms recommend keeping your refrigerator at 3 to 4 degrees and freezers at -15 to -18°C but again, consult your manual and adjust as appropriate.

  • Check the energy rating labels or stars. Purchase refrigerators or freezers that have higher ratings. Although the price may be more, you will be saving more in the long run.

  • Do I really need a big refrigerator? Ask yourself this before buying a refrigerator or freezer. Buying very large refrigerators or freezers may cost your more and it is a waste of energy.

  • Defrost your refrigerators and freezers regularly as ice build-up reduces efficiency.
  • Keep the doors closed at all times and avoid keeping them open for too long. The more you leave them open, the more the appliance will work harder to cool the heat going in.
  • Read your manual for proper positioning of food and drinks, and which compartments to use for vegetables and fruits. There should always be space between the condenser coils and the walls or cabinet for proper circulation of air.
  • Fill an empty refrigerator with water containers to ensure it runs efficiently. Keep your refrigerator at least two thirds full or freezer at least three quarters full so that they do not overcompensate when cooling.
  • Make sure your fridge is sitting properly and check the door seals regularly if they are airtight. This will ensure you don’t have cold air leaking out.

By following these tips, you can be sure your energy consumption stays low, you spend less on your electricity bill and maintenance costs, and your cooling appliance lasts longer. Plus, you are helping the environment by reducing emissions.