Consumers prioritise energy efficiency as energy costs rise and environmental concerns become more pressing. The demand for energy-efficient appliances has increased, particularly for air conditioners and refrigerators. Your refrigerator is one of the most essential appliances in your home, running 24/7 to keep your food fresh and safe. However, it also consumes significant energy, contributing to your household’s electricity consumption. Maximising energy efficiency in the home helps you save on utility bills and reduces environmental impact.
Here are some tips and strategies to make your refrigerator more energy-efficient and sustainable, ensuring you get the most out of this indispensable appliance.
- Optimal Temperature Settings
The temperature setting of your refrigerator plays a crucial role in its energy consumption. Aim to set the refrigerator compartment between 35°F to 38°F (1.7°C to 3.3°C) and the freezer compartment at 0°F (-17.8°C). Keeping your refrigerator too cold wastes energy and unnecessarily raises your electricity bills. Modern refrigerators come equipped with digital controls, making setting and maintaining the ideal temperature easier. For any query regarding temperature levels, please call experts at OneDios.
- Keep the Fridge Full but Not Overcrowded
A well-stocked refrigerator retains its cool temperature more efficiently than an empty one because the food is a thermal mass. However, avoid overcrowding the fridge as it obstructs airflow and forces the compressor to work harder. Strike a balance by filling your refrigerator moderately, ensuring proper air circulation.
- Check and Clean the Coils
The condenser coils at the back or bottom of your refrigerator can accumulate dust and debris over time, hindering their heat-dissipating capability. Regularly clean these coils with a vacuum cleaner or a soft brush to improve the appliance’s cooling efficiency and reduce energy consumption. OneDios can help you schedule a professional cleaning service for your refrigerator’s condenser coils.
- Seal Integrity
A worn-out or damaged door gasket (seal) can lead to air leakage, causing your refrigerator to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Place a dollar bill on the door to check the seal’s integrity and close it. If you can easily pull out the bill, it’s time to replace the gasket. OneDios can assist you in finding the replacement part and scheduling a repair service if necessary.
- Smart Organisation
Organise your refrigerator strategically to minimise the time the door is open. Keep frequently accessed items together in easily accessible compartments. By knowing what you need beforehand, you can avoid keeping the door open for extended periods, thus conserving energy. However, you can extend the life of your refrigerator with timely service and extend the warranty of your appliance.
- Defrost Regularly
If your refrigerator isn’t a frost-free model, defrost it regularly. Excessive ice buildup can reduce the appliance’s cooling efficiency and lead to higher energy consumption. Also, avoid using sharp objects to remove ice, which might damage the cooling coils. OneDios can help you schedule a service appointment for defrosting your refrigerator.
- Location Matters
Keep your refrigerator away from walls, direct sunlight, ovens, and other heat sources. Placing it in a cool, well-ventilated area prevents the appliance from working harder to maintain its internal temperature. For any queries regarding fridge placement, feel free to call experts at OneDios.
- Regular Service
It is essential to regularly have your refrigerator professionally serviced to ensure its comprehensive maintenance. Having it serviced at least twice a year is recommended. During the service, an expert will check the fridge and make sure it is in good condition. If you’re having trouble with your fridge, OneDios can assist you in scheduling a service appointment with authorised technicians who can inspect and resolve any underlying issues.
Although regular maintenance is essential, unforeseen problems can still arise. In such cases, purchasing an extended warranty plan for your refrigerator could be beneficial. Download the OneDios app and submit a request for an extended warranty plan today.
- Upgrade to an Energy-Efficient Model
If your refrigerator is old, it may be worth upgrading to a newer model. In fact, a highly-efficient model from the past 5-10 years could cost twice as much as a newer one.
- Practice Smart Habits
- Open your refrigerator less frequently
- Let hot foods cool before moving them to the refrigerator
- Cover foods
- Label leftovers
- Keep your freezer full
Maximising energy efficiency in your refrigerator helps you save money and contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle. Following these tips can reduce your carbon footprint while ensuring your food remains fresh and safe. If it is time to retire your older model, look for an Energy Star-rated appliance for your next purchase. With the assistance of OneDios, you can conveniently track maintenance schedules, access expert repair services, and stay informed about energy-saving practices for your refrigerator. Embrace these energy-efficient habits and make a positive impact on both your household budget and the environment.