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Energy guzzler refrigerator: five tips to reduce your energy consumption

2024-03-02T15:14:10.983Z

Highlights: Energy guzzler refrigerator: five tips to reduce your energy consumption. Do not leave the refrigerator door open Incredibly simple, but extremely effective: calmly packing the fridge or freezer after shopping is a bad idea. Set the temperature sensibly - the colder the better? The ideal temperature of a refrigerator is seven degrees Celsius. If all members of a household are away for a longer period of time, it is worth turning off the refrigerator during this time and thus saving unnecessary energy - this also applies to other areas in the household.



As of: March 2, 2024, 4:00 p.m

By: Marco Blanco Ucles

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The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy guzzlers in the home.

It is all the more important to know that a lot of energy can be saved with a few tricks.

A life without a refrigerator?

Unthinkable today.

It is one of the most practical items in the household and ensures that food stays fresh and edible - even when stored for a long time.

However, you also have to look at the other side of the coin.

Refrigerators that occasionally make strange noises consume huge amounts of energy - especially the older models.

However, there are some tricks that can be used to save valuable energy.

The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy guzzlers in the household - but with a few tricks you can save energy.

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1. Do not leave the refrigerator door open

Incredibly simple, but extremely effective: calmly packing the fridge or freezer after shopping is a bad idea.

With every second that the refrigerator door is open, the cold air escapes and warmer air flows inside.

Logically, more energy is required to regulate the temperature again afterwards.

Oektotest.de

therefore recommends: "After shopping, it helps if you first put what you brought with you next to the refrigerator and then put it inside 'in one go'."

2. Set the temperature sensibly

The colder the better?

Complete nonsense.

The ideal temperature of a refrigerator is seven degrees Celsius.

However, people have repeatedly set the device significantly colder, between one and five degrees.

This is not only unnecessary, but can also cost a lot of money.

The

German Energy Agency

explains that a difference of just two degrees can increase electricity consumption by around ten percent.

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3. Check the refrigerator seals regularly

One of the most common problems with refrigerators is poor seals.

This causes warm air to enter the refrigerator, which in turn leads to higher energy consumption.

Chip.de

recommends a simple trick to check your refrigerator seals: Place a bright flashlight in the refrigerator at night and turn off all light sources in the kitchen.

Now check whether you can see the light from the flashlight from outside.

If so, you should replace the seals.

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4. Find a suitable location for the refrigerator

It is definitely important where the refrigerator is located in your kitchen.

A cool location makes sense.

The proximity to the stove or oven, for example, means that the temperature of the refrigerator must be regulated, otherwise it will heat up.

The same applies if the room generally becomes too warm.

Therefore, especially in summer, draw the curtains and - if available - partially lower the blinds.

5. Turn off the refrigerator while on vacation

If all members of a household are away for a longer period of time, it is worth turning off the refrigerator during this time and thus saving unnecessary energy - this also applies to other areas in the household.

To do this, you should plan a few days in advance to use up the chilled food in good time, for example when eating leftovers together.

However, you should leave the refrigerator door open after switching it off and clean the inside thoroughly, otherwise bacteria can easily collect and unpleasant smells can arise.

Source: merkur

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