Simple tip: Keep your refrigerator from working overtime

frig dollrRefrigerators happen to be a home appliance that MUST consume energy at all times.  In fact, they contribute an average of 8-10% to our monthly energy bill, and that is unavoidable.

I’ve shared my simple “1-2-3” tips for ways to make your refrigerator as efficient as possible, but sometimes the energy loss has nothing to do what you’re doing… it can have a lot to do with what your refrigerator isn’t doing:  holding the cold!

Poorly sealing door gaskets may be the problem and (just like my recent tip to check water waste from your toilets) there is a simple way to find out if your fridge is failing you!:

  • Close a dollar bill (half-in/half-out) between the door gaskets. The bill should be difficult to remove.  If it slips out easily, your door isn’t sealing properly and you’re likely losing cold air… the gasket may need to be replaced.  Do this test for your freezer too.

I seem to be on a home maintenance kick, but my husband wouldn’t be surprise… he’s quite “un-handy” and dubbed me Mrs. MacGyver (while he’s more like MacGruber)!

Anyhow!… give the test a try. If your refrigerator keeps running and running… well, you better go catch it!

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  2. Plugging in electrical regulating device like the famous “Kill A Watt” (maybe even a surge protector) can also help. Seems I read some where that fans and compresors work harder with variable power. Alternating current in its pre smart network existance fluctates more than from positive to negative as the term (alternating current) implies. Most of our appliances are rated for 110 volts in the US but it can go as high as 120. How low it can drop below 110 isn’t mentioned in places I’ve been reading. Your computer is plugged into a surge protector right?

    Once or twice a year consider pulling the fridge from the wall and vac out any dust from the coils and stuff. The rear is exposed to aid the unit in the heating and cooling of the gas being compressed. Like a central AC it works better with the coils cleaned and free of objects. Besides a suprising number of things may await you when the fridge is moved.
    Just thought of this what about your fridge light? Someone might research this.

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