Refrigerators are one of the biggest consumers of energy in your home. Since they run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week you want to make sure they are running efficiently.
Here are some tips to help you make sure your fridge is energy efficient.
Clean the coils under the fridge 2-3 times a year. I just did this last week and I couldn't believe the amount of dust and dirt that accumulates under there. I used my Shop Vac and it worked great.
Make sure the door seals are clean and hold a secure fit.
Both fridges and freezers are more efficient if they are full. If you need to, add bags of ice to fill in the gaps.
Avoid standing with the door open for long periods of time.
If your refrigerator is located next to your oven or stove place some insulation between them.
Defrost your freezer regularly. Ice build up of more than 1/4 inch can reduce the efficiency.
To keep humidity under control, liquids in the fridge should be covered.
Also make sure any hot items are cooled before putting them in the fridge.
This post is linked to the Frugal Tuesday Tip hosted here at Learning the Frugal Life.