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Monthly Energy Saving Tip: Refrigerators

Posted: 1969-12-31 18:00:00

  • CHECK REFRIGERATOR TEMPERATURES. You're losing money if they're lower than 37-40 degrees Fahrenheit for fresh food and 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit in your freezer. To check the temperature put one thermometer in a glass of water in the center of the refrigerator and another between packages in the freezer. Read them after 24 hours.
  • DEFROST MANUAL - DEFROST REFRIGERATORS. Frost makes these models less efficient - and helps spoil food.
  • COVER AND WRAP FOOD. Uncovered foods and liquids release moisture and rive up electricity costs.
  • CHECK THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR SEALS. Close the refrigerator door on a piece of paper than is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can remove the paper easily without opening the door, you may need to adjsut the door latch or replace the seals.
  • GOD A SECOND, OLDER REFRIGERATOR? UNPLUG IT! Remember: it can cost about $130 a year to keep it plugged in. And always remove the door when you unplug the refrigerator so that children cannot accidentally be caught inside.
  • BUYING A NEW REFRIGERATOR? GET AN ENERGY STAR MODEL. Replacing a refrigerator boughtin 1990 with a new Energy Star model would save enough energy to light the average household for over four and a half months.

First Published by Lake Country Power