It’s no secret that refrigerators use a lot of energy!

In a typical home, the refrigerator uses the second largest amount of energy, right behind the air conditioner. For most of your appliances, you can cut back on your energy use by simply using it less, but unfortunately, you can’t really do that with a refrigerator. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to go out and buy a new, more efficient refrigerator either. The following is a list of tips from our electrician in Cincinnati to make your refrigerator more efficient:

#1. Regulate the temperature.

Many people just turn their refrigerator down as low as possible, but you should know that turning it down too low can use a lot more electricity than if you have it set at the proper temperature. According to the FDA, your refrigerator should be set at or below 40° F.

#2. Keep the coils clean. 

The coils in the back of your refrigerator should be cleaned periodically. Grime and dust can build up on these coils and actually act as a kind of insulation. This makes your refrigerator have to work a lot harder than it would otherwise need to.

#3. Position your refrigerator in a relatively cool part of your home. 

Don’t put your refrigerator anywhere near the warmer areas in your home, like by your oven or microwave. Keep it somewhere away from warm appliances and in a relatively cool area of your home.

Would you like to learn about more things you can do to make your refrigerator more efficient? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.