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Cool tips to keep your refrigerator running efficiently at home

Do you know that applicances can account for up to 20 per cent of your household's annual electricity costs, and refrigerators use nearly half of this amount. Making sure your refrigerator is running efficiently will save you energy and money.  Your refrigerator has an enormous appetite for energy consumption and BC Hydro has a few cool tips to keep your refrigerator running efficiently.  

Here are a few highlights:

  • Make sure the temperature inside your refrigerator is between 2°C and 3°C (35°F to 38°F) and the temperature in your freezer is set between -16° and -18°C (3.2°F to 0°F). If your refrigerator temperature is too cold, it may be using as much as 25 per cent more electricity than it needs to.
  • Make sure the door seal and gaskets on your refrigerator are properly maintained. If your fridge or freezer door is not sealing properly, it's leaking air and wasting energy. To test if the door seals are working, open each door and place a piece of paper on the seal, then shut the door. If the paper falls to the ground, you need to replace the seal.
  • If your refrigerator is less than half full, fill an empty milk jug with water and place it inside your fridge to help keep it cool, limiting how often it has to cycle on. Conversely, if your fridge is too full, you are impeding proper air flow and your fridge will constantly maintain a cooler temperature.

View all the cool tips to save energy and money.  

Source:  BC Hydro

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