Refrigerator and freezer: what reflexes to take?
Here are a few simple things you can do to save electricity:
Install your fridge/freezer in the right place. It is imperative to leave space between the wall and the appliance for the air to circulate properly. Avoid installing them next to a heat source (oven, hob, etc.).
Use your refrigerator to defrost food. The cold emitted by the frozen product will naturally refresh the other foods in your fridge, the appliance’s electricity consumption will therefore be reduced.
Defrost your fridge. A frosted appliance consumes a lot more electricity. As soon as the frost reaches 3 mm in thickness, it is therefore essential to maintain your device, otherwise, its consumption will increase by 30%. This reflex saves around $36 per year for a combined device (fridge + freezer).
If you have the means, buy yourself a new refrigerator: go for a model with high energy performance. These models will allow you to reduce the electricity consumption of your fridge by up to 60%.