Why I had to trade in my old fridge for a new one

Is your 15-year-old refrigerator giving you inflated energy bill lately? Perhaps, this is the right time to invest in a new energy efficient unit. Old refrigerators are known energy guzzlers. When refrigerators become old, replacing the gasket or cleaning the coiling may not give you the desired result. Opting for energy efficient refrigerators not only bring down energy bills, they also reduce your carbon footprint.

How smart buying helps?
Smart buying can go a long way in improving the overall effectiveness of your refrigerator. This also reduces the long-term operating cost by bringing down the energy consumption. Below are some buying tips:

  • Energy efficient refrigerators generally include energy saver option. This allows you to turn down the heating coil and reduce its energy consumption.
  • Top freezer refrigerators are better choice than side-by side refrigerators as they consume 10%-30% less energy.
  • Compact refrigerators with Energy Star label could be a smart choice for average families as they use less energy. Compact refrigerators are also perfect for college students as dorm refrigerators.
  • Chest freezers are more energy efficient than upright freezers. They usually come with more storage capacity and are better insulated.

Energy saving tips for old and new refrigerators

  • Always keep your energy-efficient refrigerator in the ‘energy saver’ mode. By doing this, you can disable the heater and reduce its energy consumption.
  • Don’t leave the refrigerator door open longer than it is necessary. This will let in warm and moist air and encourage frost buildup, thereby making your refrigerator work harder (to keep its motor running) and using more energy.
  • Regular vacuuming or brushing of the refrigerator’s coil could reduce your energy bill by up to 30%.
  • Refrigerator door should always be air-tight. Otherwise, this will allow cold air to leak out, thus consuming more energy.
  • To reduce energy usage, keep your freezer always full. Keeping ice blocks or water-filled containers can help to consume less energy.
  • While keeping any liquid item, ensure that the container is covered up properly. Uncovered liquid or food items will release moisture and increase your energy bill.
  • Regularly defrost your freezer manually to prevent frost buildup. This will minimize putting pressure on the motor and reduce energy consumption.
  • In most refrigerators, the temperature setting is usually between 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit, with freezer between 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit.  If the temperature is significantly more or less, the energy consumption could go up accordingly.
  • Avoid keeping hot food items directly into the refrigerator. Instead, allow them to cool before refrigerating them.

Finally, before deciding on a particular model, always go through its Energy guide label. This will help you to know how much energy the refrigerator will consume on a yearly basis. The smaller the number, the more energy efficient it is.

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