Fridge freezers-how to maximise efficiency

Fridge freezers-how to maximise efficiency

The energy efficiency of home appliances is not only an environmental concern, it is an economic one as well. Purchasing an energy efficient fridge freezer can impact household finances significantly, especially as for many households, the cost of powering a fridge and freezer makes up an average 7% of the energy bill.

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What to look for in new fridge freezers

If you are in the market for a new fridge and freezer, careful considerations of energy efficiency credentials could potentially save you hundreds in the long run. New models often feature energy grades so consumers can be well informed about the specifics as they relate to consumption. Overall newer models are significantly more efficient than older models so if your unit is more than 10 years old it might be time to consider trading it in for something newer.

Consumers looking at the latest fridge freezers should remember that smaller units use less energy, so it’s important to consider how much space you will actually need. Consumers should also compare running costs between competing models by looking at annual consumption of kWh which is found on the energy label (hint – the lower the figure, the more economical the model).

As a helpful rule for new purchases, fridges with the freezer on top or underneath are more energy efficient than a side by side unit which can use up to 20% more energy.

How to improve efficiency in your existing appliance

It’s possible to increase the efficiency of an existing unit, so follow these tips to manage your energy use before you shop for a replacement.

– If possible, move your fridge away from your stovetop and ensure it isn’t in direct sunlight. The proximity to heat means that fridges have to work even harder to stay cool, so separating the unit from heat sources is a quick and easy way to save.

– Keep your fridge temperature between 3 and 5°C and your freezer at -18 °C.

– Don’t put hot food in the fridge as it takes more energy to cool.

– Keep your fridge and freezer as full as possible, whether you fill them with bottles of tap water or screwed up newspaper, a full fridge is an efficient fridge.

– Ensure that door seals are clean and strong. A weak seal can mean that energy leaks out and costs you money.

– If your unit doesn’t automatically defrost, keep an eye on it and regularly defrost it yourself at the first sign of ice.

Energy efficiency is increasingly high on the agenda for every home and often contributes to its sale value. By replacing an old unit or simply employing a few small maintenance measures on your existing fridge freezer, you can save your household a huge amount of energy and hold onto your pennies as well.

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