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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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4evrfuzzy 4evrfuzzy 9 years
it's actually a full freezer that saves energy. If you keep you refrigerator jam packed it uses more energy and doesn't do an effective job at keeping things at the proper temp (41 or below). Your fridge should never go above 3/4's of the way full.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I can never keep mine full. It's too expensive.
emalove emalove 9 years
Our fridge is usually pretty full!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
That picture makes me want to tell that guy "SHUT THE DOOR!" I didn't know keeping it fuller helped...usually mine is pretty empty.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
Rosadilla I just heard that too. Keeping your fridge and freezer full will save you a bunch, according to my parents.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
My son has that habit, he stands in front of the fridge like the water or the milk is going to magically move within his reach. I also heard that keeping your freezer full will save you energy as well.
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
i was going to comment on the fact that having someone stand with the fridge open like in the picture is a big waste of energy, but you covered that in your last sentence, hehehe.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I hate when people stand there with the door wide open. Talk about wasting energy.
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