How to Make your Refrigerator More Efficient - Energy Efficiency

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An aging refrigerator must be upgraded to achieve energy efficiency and savings. However, replacing it with new one can cost a lot of money. There is a remedy for this besides buying a new refrigerator.  

The good news is your refrigerator can become more energy efficient in some ways. The following are some matters that you can manage to get it more energy effective:

1. Clean the condenser coils

The main function of the refrigerator condenser coils is to remove the heat from the unit. These coils may become dusty in a period. And dusty coils can affect its performance. For this reason, you have to clean its condenser coils using a bristle brush or vacuum to remove the dust or dirt. Experts advise cleaning the coils at least once a year. Make sure that you unplug the refrigerator before cleaning the coils. Also, having clean coils can improve your refrigerator’s performance and making it energy efficiency by 30 percent.

2. Defrost the refrigerator regularly

To make your refrigerator energy efficient and maintain it you have to defrost it regularly. In case, your refrigerator does not have an automatic defrost setting, you can do it manually. You can defrost it when the ice becomes ¼ inch thick. If you do not defrost it regularly, it will have difficulty in maintaining a cool temperature in the unit. Also, the frost buildup in your refrigerator can consume much energy, thus increasing your monthly electric bill.

3. Replace the gasket

The gasket or the plastic lining in your refrigerator door protects your unit from unwanted heat that may come through inside the unit. Often times, it is left unnoticed till it starts to wear down and tear after so many years of use. If the gasket wears down, it will work hard to chill the food that leads to more energy consumption. Also, it can shorten the lifespan of the fridge. To avoid this thing from happening and to make your fridge more energy efficient, it is advisable that you call a home appliance technician to replace your gasket right away once worn down.

4. Place your refrigerator in a proper cool location

You must keep your refrigerator away from heat sources such as the electric cooker, gas cooker, and dishwasher, among others. The heat can make the unit work harder to cool your food and waste much energy. As much as possible, place it in cool areas.

5. Always close the refrigerator door

Make sure that you close the refrigerator door always to reduce energy usage. This is because when its door is opened the cold air escapes and needs more energy to recover the unit’s temperature. You can conserve energy if you limit the number of times you open its door.  

6. Declutter the refrigerator

Organize and declutter your refrigerator regularly. With this, you will always avoid opening its door. This can lessen the energy consumption. Also, do not put warm food in it because it may damage your unit and affect its performance.  

7. Set the right temperature

To make your refrigerator provide more efficiency, set up its temperature to between 2.22 to 3.33 degrees Celsius. Having a low to medium temperature can lessen your monthly energy bill.

8. Use a power-saving switch

If your refrigerator has a power-saving switch, you may use it. This is because this switch can limit the amount of time of the anti-sweat feature, which needs 5 to 10 percent more energy consumption. Also, it is better if you turn-off the anti-sweat feature when it is not needed.

9. Repair damages immediately

If your refrigerator encounters problems such as faulty motor and compressor, defective fridge MCB, dirty coils, insufficient current, faulty thermostat, and start capacitor, you have to fix them right away. You may engage a reliable home appliance technician to make your refrigerator operates well.  Having a fridge that runs well can be more energy efficient.

Indeed, you can reduce the energy consumption of your refrigerator and make it more efficient by following the above ways. This could reduce your monthly electric bill and save money. Also, if in case you need to replace your old refrigerator, do not forget to look for the energy label and consider the one that is more energy efficient.

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