A great place to look to save energy and lower your utility bills is your kitchen, the most popular room in your home. If I had a penny for every time one of my family members opened the refrigerator or freezer throughout the day, I would be a rich man. On the contrary, the cost of running your most highly trafficked kitchen appliances may be draining your bank account more than it should. There are many easy ways to make sure you use your refrigerator and freezer energy efficiently to keep your electric bills down.
Of course, when purchasing a new refrigerator and/or freezer, you should choose an ENERGY STAR qualified model to be sure you are getting an energy efficient appliance. Here are tips to save energy and money, regardless of whether your appliance is old or new:
- Avoid locating your refrigerator in direct sunlight or near equipment that generates heat, such as a range or dishwasher.
- Leave several inches of space behind and on the sides of your refrigerator so air can circulate