As most homeowners know, kitchen appliances can suck up a major amount of a dwelling's energy. While technology has improved in recent years as companies have worked to go green, refrigerators and freezers still account for 20 percent of a house's monthly electricity bill. While these units will always use a certain amount of power, there are ways to ensure that they are working as efficiently as possible, so you do not spend an unnecessary amount of money on them. A few small changes can go a long way.
Here are a few suggestions for making your refrigerator and freezer more energy-efficient:
- Keep it clean: You should make it a point to clean out your refrigerator once a week. Not only will this prevent any stains and smells from accumulating, it will also prevent the build-up of dust and other items that can make the refrigerator less efficient. Cleaning out your fridge is also a great way to get rid of any expired foods.
- Placement in the kitchen: Your appliance should be kept away from any sources of heat – such as the oven and microwave – as well as spots that gets direct sunlight. If the refrigerator is heated up by outside objects, it will have to work harder to keep the interior cool, which will in turn increase the amount of power it uses.
- Size matters: As with any appliance, a bigger refrigerator and freezer will consume more electricity. If you are shopping for a new unit, be sure to only look at ones that are reasonably sized, so you can anticipate how much it is going to cost you each month.
If you live Maryland and are looking for ways to increase energy efficiency around the house, schedule an energy audit today with Alban Inspections!