Everyone wants to increase the energy efficiency of their home. It saves money and makes your life both easier and more comfortable. It is common knowledge that one of the best ways to increase home energy efficiency is to reduce the load placed in your heating or cooling unit. Heating and cooling costs typically accounts for almost 50 percent of an average home’s energy bill. But did you know you can actually boost your home’s energy efficiency by reassessing how you store food?
Keeping it Cool in the Refrigerator
Traditionally, refrigerators are one of the largest energy consuming appliances in the home. They have improved a lot over the years however. Today, an average refrigerator consumes approximately 425 kWh per year. Old units from the 1980s consumed almost three times as much power! That is the first thing to keep in mind. If you have an old refrigerator, you could be throwing away a lot of extra money each year. New refrigerator standards were introduce in 2014. Buying a new refrigerator is expensive, but over a few years, you will end up seeing some natural savings.
If you are not in the market for a new refrigerator, there are still ways you can saving on energy. The first thing to check is the door seal. These can deteriorate over time. If you have a unit that is about 10 years old, it may be time to replace the door seal. You can also consider slightly raising the temperature inside your refrigerator. It should be above freezing, but below 40 degrees. Generally, an optimal range would be between 36°F – 38°F. This will keep you food in great condition and save you a few extra dollars a month.
Some refrigerators have power-saver switch which is automatically set to ‘off’ as a way to reduce condensation. If Condensation is not a problem, you can consider turning this switch on.