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Casa Verde: Minimize Refrigerator Energy Use

I'm back with more tips on saving money and energy in your home. Unless your last name is Brady, if you've got an additional refrigerator in your garage or basement, especially an older one, you should reconsider whether you really need it. Refrigerators made after 1993, use only 48 percent of the energy expended, which can easily cost you $125-$150 a year in electricity bills. Also, make sure whatever refrigerators you have in your home are the right size for your needs; empty refrigerators use more energy than full ones
because they cycle more frequently. Simply putting jugs of tap water or cans of soda in them will save you energy and money. You should also clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils annually, and make sure your refrigerator is set between 37°F and 40°F. Go here for more tips like these. Also, don't let people leave your fridge door wide open, even if they're shirtless and hunky . . .

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