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Electricity costs: what temperature should you set?

2023-12-18T07:09:53.323Z

Highlights: Every degree less increases electricity consumption by about six percent. The consumer advice centre advises to set the temperature of the refrigerator "to a maximum of seven degrees", "lower for sensitive foods" The Baden-Württemberg Consumer Advice Centre also recommends paying attention to the "star marking on the freezer compartment" for refrigerators with freezer compartments. With 1 to 3 stars, only frozen items can be stored for a short time. At 4 stars, fresh food can be frozen for a long time.



Status: 18.12.2023, 08:02 a.m.

By: Anne Hund

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Depending on the model, there are different temperature zones in the refrigerator, according to the consumer advice center. It is best to measure regularly with a thermometer.

Refrigerators use different amounts of electricity. The consumer advice centre advises to set the temperature of the refrigerator "to a maximum of seven degrees", "lower for sensitive foods". Depending on the model, there would be different temperature zones in the refrigerator, according to their statement. "If in doubt, measure with a thermometer," is the tip from the consumer advice center. According to consumer advocates, every degree less increases electricity consumption by about six percent.

If you use a refrigerator, you should also think about electricity costs. (Symbolic image) © Pond5 Images/Imago

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According to an online report by Bayern1, Norbert Endres, energy consultant at the Bavarian Consumer Advice Centre, also recommends buying a thermometer that should be placed in the middle of the refrigerator for temperature testing. "A liquid thermometer", as the expert advises in the report, also with regard to the freezer area. "It should be able to measure down to minus 20 degrees Celsius."

Because then you can also measure the temperature in the freezer with the thermometer. Here, -18 degrees are recommended, as it says in the report of Bayern 1. The Baden-Württemberg Consumer Advice Centre also recommends paying attention to the "star marking on the freezer compartment" for refrigerators with freezer compartments. "The best-before date for frozen products always refers to -18 °C. With 1 to 3 stars, only frozen items can be stored for a short time. At 4 stars, fresh food can be frozen for a long time," the statement reads.

By the way, you can also save electricity if you defrost your freezer regularly.

Source: merkur

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