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    Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

    How To Save Money With Your Refrigerator:

    1. Don't put hot foods in the fridge as they will warm the entire fridge and make it work harder. Let them cool off first outside before placing in the fridge.

    2. Plan ahead and thaw frozen foods in the fridge rather than on the counter. It will take them a little longer to thaw, but they'll help to cool the fridge as they defrost reducing the energy needed.

    3. Place your fridge away from heat sources such as the oven and avoid having it in a place that receives direct sunlight. These will make your compressor work harder and cost you money.

    4. Leave at least two inches of clearance around the refrigerator for air circulation and heat dispersal. If the heat the fridge can't disperse easily, it will cause the fridge to work harder and cost you money.

    5. Don't over cool your food. Your refrigerator temperature should be set at between 36 - 40F (2 - 4C), and the freezer should be set at between 0 - 5F (-17 to -10C). Refrigerators set 10 degrees lower than needed or freezers set 5 degrees lower than needed can increase energy use by as much as 25%.

    6. Turn off your fridge's "anti sweat" switch. This prevents moisture from forming on the outside of the fridge door, but most people don't need to use this except when it is extremely hot and humid outside. Turning it off will save 5 - 10% of the electricity your fridge normally uses.

    7. It is more energy efficient to purchase one large fridge rather than two smaller units.

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    8. Remember to regularly defrost manual-defrost refrigerators and freezers. Allowing frost to build up more than 1/4 inch will make them run less efficiently.

    9. Don't keep that old, inefficient fridge running day and night in the garage for those few occasions when you need extra refreshments. A 15-year-old fridge could cost up to $150 a year in extra energy costs to run.

    10. Be sure to cover liquids and wrap foods you store in the fridge. Uncovered foods release moisture which makes the compressor work harder costing you money.

    11. Clean your refrigerator condenser every six months. The cleaner you keep the condenser coils, the more efficient your refrigerator will run saving you money.

    12. Keep your freezer full and don't over pack your refrigerator. Freezers work more efficiently when they are full while refrigerators work more efficiently when there is adequate air circulation around the food.

    13. Test your refrigerator door seals by closing the door over a dollar bill so it is hanging half in and half out. If you are able to pull the bill out easily, you need to adjust the latch or the seal may need replacing. Putting a thin coat of Vaseline along the seal may also help.

    14. Don't sit in front of the fridge with the door open deciding what you want to eat. Keep the doors closed as much as possible and make sure they are closed tightly.

    15. If your fridge has a "butter conditioner," consider turning it off. It is a little heater inside your refrigerator to keep the butter from getting too hard, but running it expends more energy.

    Re: Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

    I recently bouth a new fridge and this was a great and simple article to read. I was surprise at some of the things I did without even knowing they weren't good to do. Thanks so much for these useful tips=)
    -Ana (anae428)


      Re: Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

      "Freezers work more efficiently when they are full while refrigerators work more efficiently when there is adequate air circulation around the food."

      I wonder why this is? Perhaps the colder solid items keep adjacent items cooler or better?


        Re: Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

        If you're in a pinch and need to thaw foods and the fridge won't do (in that you need it done quicker...), use the microwave on a thaw or defrost setting for a few minutes. Usually, this should thaw foods. pretty quickly.


          Re: Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

          Fortunately we always stock the freezer to the brim. We only use the fridge out in the garage during the holidays.


            Re: Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

            Before going on any vacation. Take an put a bowl of ice cubes in your freezer. If any are melted when you return, you will know your electric went out.


              Re: Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

              What? No Baking Soda tip? Cmon! lol...

              Good list, I actually added something to my routine.


                Re: Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

                Oh yell. Hang in there lots of tips coming. Probably 12 - 15 baking soda tips. Busy right now. Will get them on later. Keep watching all categories. Especially check out the lesser known tips. I think you'll find some useful.



                  Re: Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

                  Baking Soda tips:

                  Remove coffee and tea stains in pots or cups, with baking soda and scouring pad.

                  Use soda on fine china, porcelain appliances including inside of the frig), stainless steel, aluminun, and cast iron.

                  After a wet bed accident blot as much of the wetness up as you can, then spread soda all over the area. Let it soak up the excess moisture, and brush off.

                  Keep your refrigerator smelling fresh, by storing an open box of soda on a rear shelf. Works in the freezer also.

                  Sprinkle dry soda on the rugs, or carpets to deodorize. Then wait one hour and vacuum.

                  Soda is especially good for deodorizing and absorbing any pet wet spots.

                  Use a paste of baking soda to clean away corrosion, on a car battery terminals without, having to use a wire brush.

                  Keep 1/2 " of soda in the cars ash tray to eliminate odors.

                  To benefit all septic systems, flush 1 cup of soda down your toilet once a month.

                  Use soda to freshen your R V tank periodically.

                  Put a few tablespoons of soda in a cup of water in the microwave, boil for 2 minutes, then wipe down the inside with a sponge.

                  Keep your drains open by pouring down half a box of soda. Follow with a cup of white vinegar. After bubbling action subsides, flush with hot water.

                  Use soda as a non chemical facial scrub.

                  Use soda as an emergency toothpaste.

                  Put 1 teaspoon of soda in a glass of water, makes a nice mouth wash.

                  Use it as an anti- perspirant straight from the box.

                  Sprinkle a little in a laundry bag to minimize odors from soiled clothes.

                  Keep a box of soda handy in the kitchen. Extinguish small grease fires. BUT DO NOT USE IT ON ANY DEEP FAT FRYER FIRES.

                  Dissolve 1/2 cup or more soda in the bath water to soothe skin irritations. Sunburns, insect bites, poison ivy, and itchy rashes such as chicken pox.

                  Remove black scuff marks on the floor, with a soda and water paste. Use as little water as possible for best results.


                    Re: Refrigerator - Saving Money Tips

                    wow really great tips thanx


                      Size does matter

                      Great article.

                      When we buy a fridge the temptation is always to buy a big one. The bigger the fridge the more electricity it takes to keep it cool. The same goes for freezers, but even more so because a freezer can tend to become a "Home" for lost food. You know the items I mean... The ones that just stay there taking up space month after month.

                      So when it comes time to replace a fridge or freezer could it be time to downsize? We only have one child left at home so we'll be replacing our fridge and freezer with smaller items next time.


                        Before I got my present stove, I had a white porcelain one. I used to use baking soda to clean off the stove. It was non-abrasive and it did a better job than the other cleaners. I also use baking soda on the oven-proof glass dishes, or the white ones. It will make them look like new in no time.


                          keeping your ice bin full saves alot of money, buy occasional bag of ice to keep that full or make ice and keep it full, ive heard, turning off your ice maker saves up to 40% of the units usage a month.


                            Wow awesome tips!


                              Thanks, Jeffrey,

                              You've convinced me that I ned a new fridge. Mine is too old and probably way too ineffecient.

                              By the way, where is the condenser located. Obviousley, i don't clean it every six months if I'm noott sure where it is. WideOwl needs to learn a lot more about fridge maintenance.