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How Fit Is Your Fridge?

In Part 2, we give you tips to keep your refrigerator running at its best.

Tip 1.

Set your fridge to 37-40 degrees and your freezer to 0 degrees F. Keeping your fridge 10 degrees colder uses 25% more energy.

Tip 2.

Keeping the condenser coils clean could improve the efficiency of your fridge by up to 30%. As mentioned in Part 1, the condenser coils should be cleaned every year.

Tip 3.

Regulate room temperature. Refrigerators use 2.5% more energy for every 1 degree over room temperature (70 degrees). On the other hand, if the room temperature falls below 40 degrees (like in a garage), the thermostat may not cycle properly. Refrigerators will also use more energy if they’re next to an oven or dishwasher.

Tip 4.

Make sure your refrigerator is a few inches away from walls on all sides for good air circulation.

Tip 5.

Help your refrigerator maintain its temperature by opening it less frequently, letting hot foods cool before putting them in the fridge, and keeping your fridge and freezer full.

Refrigerator Fun Fact:

From the August 1937 issue of Modern Mechanix magazine:

“A refrigerator equipped with a built-in radio has been placed on the market. So popular was the first model that the manufacturer has made available a choice of several models in different sizes equipped with radio. This has been accomplished by having the radio mounted in the top of the refrigerator, and having the refrigerator constructed so that a top equipped with radio may be substituted for one without.

It has been said that the housewife spends sixty per cent of her time in the kitchen. Now by having a radio installed in the refrigerator, she may listen to her favorite program while working.

Because most radios are placed in the living room, one or two rooms from the kitchen, usually the housewife, when she is in the kitchen, finds it necessary either to miss a program or turn the volume up to a point where it is objectionable to the rest of the family. With this popular combination the housewife may work and listen at the same time.”

Bill Cummins

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