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How to Run Your Fridge On The Cheap

How to Run Your Fridge On The Cheap

After air conditioning, the refrigerator is said to be the biggest consumer of energy in most Australian homes. Not only are they expensive to purchase, they also use power like there’s no tomorrow.

Fortunately, energy efficiency in fridges and freezers has made great strides in the last few years. While the RRP of newer models is considerably higher than it has been in the past, the savings you can make on your electricity bill in the long run compensate for this.

Here are some of the more energy efficient fridges on the market, available in our stores:

LG French Door Fridges

LG’s French door fridges are some of the manufacturer’s nearly 1,000 Energy Star-qualified models for 2012. In fact, they were recognized in Energy Star’s ‘Most Efficient’ 2012 program mainly for their linear compressors, dual evaporators, interior LED lighting and slim insulation technology. These types of refrigerators are ideal for big families and households that buy food in bulk and need lots of storage space.

Samsung Top Mount Fridges

Small families that find French door and side-by-side refrigerators too big for their kitchens and for their food storage needs can go for a Samsung top mount fridge which has a 3.5 Energy Star rating. The 341L Top Mount Fridge, $647, for example, owes its outstanding energy efficiency to the durable Digital Inverter Compressor, which intelligently varies its power according to the exact level of cooling needed by the compressor so as to avoid the abrupt starting and stopping typical of conventional compressors.

Whether your fridge is old or new, there always some simple things you can do to downsize your energy consumption:

1. Clean the condenser coils regularly

Over time, dust builds up on the coils at the bottom and the back of your refrigerator, which means the coils have to work harder to be effective, and therefore use more energy. Vacuum the coils on low power and keep the general area around the fridge free of dust.

2. Make sure the seal and the door gasket are in tiptop shape

You can check if your fridge still has a good seal by closing its door on a very thin piece of paper, and pulling it out. If you don’t feel any resistance, the gasket may need to be replaced. If your refrigerator comes with a magnetic seal, shine a flashlight inside the fridge and check if you can see light coming through the seal.  It’s a good idea to do this in the evening, with room lights turned off.

3.  Keep it organized

Not only does it look neater and make your life easier, but it also pays to keep your fridge and freezer compartments organized. This way, you won’t have to keep the door open for so long searching for an item. Also, try to remove all the things you place on top of the unit as they could be preventing heat from escaping, making the fridge work harder.  

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