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Mar 31, 2011

Lower The Temperature of your Freezer and Fridge

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Often with our purchases of a new fridge we tend to not bother with the settings that come with it. Optimizing the settings of your fridge can make a difference in your monthly energy bill, however. Unnecessarily high cold settings will simply waste energy.
  • If you have a degree-numbered thermostat, try and keep the temperature near 35-38 on the fridge. Any more and you run the risk of spoiling food, any less and you'd waste energy. If things are near freezing in the refrigerator, the temperature is far too low. 
  • If you have a 1-10 numbered thermostat, consult the dial or the manual for the best setting. Many newer fridges will have a setting that is optimal. Never have your freezer or fridge near 10. It is simply a waste of energy. My foods get by just fine set to 2 in the fridge and 3 in the freezer. 
  • Experiment with cold settings. Every fridge/freezer will be different. 
  • Another idea is to replace your refrigerator all-together if it is from 1986 or older. Older fridges tend to use above 1000kWh while new fridges can max out near 300-400 kWh. That alone can save a good amount of money each year.

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