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Refrigerator Energy Saving Tips

Updated on January 20, 2013
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Author : Milad Mosapoor
Author : Milad Mosapoor | Source

With the massive surge in new technology there’s one appliance that have been around for decades that I can’t imagine living without. This appliance is called the refrigerator. A refrigerator is probably the most commonly used appliance in our household and I believe it is safe to say that every household have one at least. Sadly though, the refrigerator is one of household’s highest consumer of energy but fear not I have some good news for you. We can maximize the use of our refrigerator by practicing simple-to-follow refrigeration energy saving tips and lessen the energy consumption of our refrigerator, which in turn can save us a lot of money. As featured on the recent Earth Hour worldwide event, saving energy can help the environment in its fight against pollution.

I have outlined most common refrigerator energy saving tips that we can put into practice in our daily lives:

  1. Position the refrigerator away from direct sunlight.
  2. Avoid placing other appliances that emulate heat (oven, stove and etc.) beside your refrigerator.
  3. Setting the temperature of the fridge to 36° – 40° F and freezer to 0° - 5° F can save you as much as 20% – 25% from energy consumption. It is not practical to set the temperature much lower than this.
  4. Having an empty or near empty refrigerator is a bad idea because it tends to keep the motor running and consume lots of energy with nothing to hold the cold temperature generated by the refrigeration. You can put a couple of containers filled with water as a remedy.
  5. Avoid storing hot foods inside the refrigerator (unless the recipe requires for it). Let it cool first at room temperature before placing it inside the refrigerator.
  6. When storing food, keep it covered.
  7. On a regular basis, defrost manual frost freezers when the ice build-up is over ¼ inch. Since the motor works harder and thus consumes more energy.
  8. Check door seal regularly and fix the damage (rubber or magnetic strip) since cold air will escape and this will make the refrigerator work harder and thus consume more energy.
  9. Thawing frozen foods in the fridge helps cool the fridge as they defrost.
  10. Keeping freezer full is good but overloading it is not. Just give at least 1 inch of space around for air to circulate.

By putting these simple refrigerator energy saving tips in practice, we can save money spent on electric bill and at the same time do our part as an individual in fighting pollution that will benefit everybody at the same time. For those who are interested to learn about energy saving at home, you can read this Simple Home Electricity Saving Tips.

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Thanks for the tips, this is very useful for me because I never thought about it before!

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @Alex Jose - Thanks. :) It will be hard at the start but once you get use to it. It will be instinct.

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      Alex Jose 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Awsum tips loved them and are very useful...me straight away going to start following your tips immediately...and save power. Voted up for this tremendously useful hub.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @Deborah Brooks - Yup those tips are a keeper. :) Thanks for dropping by

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      #9 and 10 are real good to know great hub

      Debbie

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @Brett.Tesol - Yup that is very time consuming to do on a regular basis. :( But it does help in lessening energy consumption

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @jainismus - Yes it is. Not only to help lessen pollution but also to save money :)

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @chamilj - Thanks :)

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      It is our necessity to save energy. Thank you for sharing the tips.

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Useful Energy Saving Tips. Thanks!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Good energy and money saving tips. The ice box is often the part that gets left for ages and ends up burning electric. However, if done often, it doesn't take so long to clear.

      Shared, up and useful.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @capedium - Am glad that it did :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      Wow!.. This is really enlighten..

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @MsDora - Am glad that these tips helps :) Thanks for the visit.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @b.Malin - I use to have minimal item it the refrigerator then I notice that the motor is always running. When you put a bunch of liquid container the motor have time to rest.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Tip Number 4 is also good to know. Living alone and not cooking often, I usually have less that the average of amount of food to store. Thanks to you, I'll improve on that. I appreciate these tips. Voted useful and interesting.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Good Tips Cebutouristspot, very useful indeed, especially about keeping Jugs of cold water if there is no food in the Refrigerator. We just bought a Condo and that's what we found when we opened the Refrigerator.

      I now look forward to following your Hubs!

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @missolive - Thank you I hope that this help you on your day to day. Hope that this tips put more money in your pocket :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      very nice and useful tips cebutouristspot. I always try to let left-overs cool before storing them - it does make a difference. I like your tip of defrosting in the fridge - it makes perfect sense.

      voted up and useful! Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @teaches12345 - Yup it does. sadly, nowadays, very few people put that into practice.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @catgypsy - Hope they help you to conserve energy and lessen your electric bill.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      No 9 is a good fact to know. That would make a difference in the running time of a refrigerator. Thanks for sharing.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Great Hub! Some of these tips I have never heard of before and they make a lot of sense. Thanks for the information!