How to Make Refrigerators More Energy Efficient
Keeping a refrigerator running 24 hours a day year-round can get to be a very expensive aspect of your energy bill. However, knowing some uncommon tips and what to look for in a fridge can keep energy costs down.
Here are some of the tips that you can put into place that will not only be helpful for the environment, but also bring down the energy bill little by little each month. This can end up saving your business a lot in the long run:
Find a new model
Companies like RECCO USA refrigeration carry the latest in refrigeration technology, making it easier for businesses to save money on energy. Engineering on new appliances has made it possible to increase efficiency tremendously.
Insulation in the fridge is the key component of saving energy. This will keep the cool air trapped inside without leaking out, allowing the motor to do less work. That lessened amount of energy used by the motor will add up quite quickly.
Always look for the appliances that carry the Energy Star label, as these have met the qualifications set by the Environmental Protection Agency for efficiency.
No hot foods
It’s not a very popular thing to let food cool off before placing it in the fridge, but that’s exactly what you should be doing. Adding hot foods into the refrigerator will quickly increase the temperature inside of the unit.
The extra work that the motor has to do to make sure the temperature goes back to what was placed on the setting increases energy use greatly. Even raising the temperature by five degrees will cause the motor to work overtime, so let the foods reach closer to room temperature before throwing it in the fridge.
Clean it out
The less that is in the fridge, the better. Having more items means that the fridge will be working harder to keep everything cool at once. You will notice that if your fridge is empty, the temperature can drop almost suddenly when adjusted.
This is especially important when it comes to the cooling fan. Don’t place any foods directly by this as it will not properly cool the entire unit.
It’s also important to clean the condenser coils every few months so that it is running efficiently without any dirt and debris backing it up.
Having too much frost in the freezer (or even the fridge) can really clog up the fan and force it to work too much. Once the frost in the unit has reached over half of a centimeter, it is time to defrost.
Give it space
Make sure to leave space surrounding the entire refrigerator area. This will allow for better ventilation that not only reduces the amount of energy used, but ensures that the air in the fridge is cleaner.
It doesn’t have to be on an island by itself, but just a few inches will prevent your fridge from having dirty air.
Keep it plugged in
Although it’s a smart eco-friendly way to save money by unplugging other electronic devices like computers and printers, the same is not true for refrigerators.
Your fridge will work hard to get back to the temperature it was at before being unplugged, which can use the same amount of energy (if not more) than if you had just left it running.
However, if the refrigerator will be empty or unused for an extended period of time, then feel free to unplug it to save money.
Pay attention to these tips, and your next energy bill is certain to be lower. In some cases, it can save you a couple of hundred dollars if you are replacing a unit that is 20 years old. Efficiency is important to our environment, and this is one more way of helping out.
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