Well chances are that you are still continuing with the old refrigerator unit that you bought years ago. Refrigerator unit in the past consume much more electricity as compared to the contemporary units available these days. So the first thing would be to buy a new refrigerator unit if you can afford one as the electricity savings in the coming two years can compensate for the cost you may have incurred for the new unit.
There are many ways and best practices which can be adopted in terms of refrigerator use which can cut the electricity bill to a substantial degree.
- Defrost: Most of the modern refrigerators are having an automatic defrost mechanism which restrains the refrigerator from building glaciers and thus consuming more power in return. Though this is an automatic feature in the most modern refrigerators, you should always keep a check that the ice formation is negligible and in case the defrost is not working properly than you should always go ahead and get it checked by a refrigerator service engineer.
- Cleaning the Condenser Coils: In the due course of time dirt and mud can stick to the condenser coils usually located at the back of the refrigerator. The dirt deposits can hinder the distribution of the heat properly as well as the release of the heat in the surroundings. This accumulation of heat can really slow the performance or even damage your refrigerator. Any additionally efforts by your refrigerator to maintain the cooling can result in extra power consumption and thus inflating your electric bills.
- Testing the Actual Heat: The ideal room temperature to place the refrigerator is between 36 degree F and 38 degree F and the actual defreeze needs to be between 0 degree F and 5 degree F. All the temperatures settings should be optimized to maintain the proper cooling inside the refrigerator. Sometimes lowering the temperature too much can only result in increasing the electrical consumption by the refrigerator.
- Checking on Loss of Cooling: Every now and then you should check whether your refrigerator is cooling properly, one of the main reasons that it is not cooling properly is that the cooling is leaking out from damaged door closing mechanism. Always make sure that there are no gaps when the door closes and the magnets of the door stick to each other as they should. The rubber of the doors should always be checked as it may crack due to aging or any other factor and can be one of the main reasons why your refrigerator is not producing the desired cooling. Any escape of cooling from the refrigerator is bound to put more pressure on the unit to produce more cooling and thus putting an extra dent in your electricity bills.
Apart from the points mentioned above some good meal refrigeration storage habbits can also go a long way in cutting down the electrical bills of your refrigerator. One of these crucial points would be to cool the food to room temperature before putting inside the refrigerator. Too hot food if placed inside the refrigerator will not only spoil the food but will also damage the crucial parts of your refrigerator. Opening the refrigerator door too often can also result in escape of the cooling which simultaneously results in extra pressure on the compressor to compensate for the lost cooling.
The above mentioned ways and practices can go a long way not only to increase the lifespan of your refrigerator but also in cutting down the electricity bills significantly.