How can you save energy and reduce your power bills when using a refrigerator at home? This is a common question among many refrigerator owners. Owning a refrigerator is possible, and you can keep the energy bills as low as possible. Otherwise, the machine will use up much power, forcing you to part with a lot of money every month. Thankfully, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce the amount of power used up by the fridge and bring that high power bill tumbling down. Here are a few of them:
Do not leave the refrigerator door(s) open for long
The refrigerator's interior has very cold air, which occasionally reaches the condensation level. This is the point where cold air liquefies and changes into small droplets of cold water. The cold air in the refrigerator is denser that the warm air in the house, which is at room temperature.
The molecules in the warm air within the room move faster than those in cold air. Once you open the refrigerator, the warm air quickly drifts into the refrigerator and forces the cold, dense air out. This explains the reasons you feel a wave of cold air hitting you every time you swing the refrigerator door(s) open. The warm air entering the fridge alters the temperature, forcing the machine to work back to the desired cold temperature that you set it. This uses up more power, which you can save up by opening the doors for short periods of time. Open the fridge, pick the item you want and close the door immediately. Do not leave the door open just because you want to use the item and return it shortly after.
Do not place hot food in the fridge
Hot food raises the temperature of the air around it, which makes that part of the refrigerator warm. The compressors have to work the machine back to the initial cool temperature, which uses more energy than that required if the food was cold. Preferably, you should let food cool off for a while before you place in the refrigerator.
Go for newer models
Newer models have improved technology focused on adequate refrigeration space and efficiency in terms of energy consumption. You can find refrigerator dealers and stores that allow trade-ins where you exchange your old refrigerator for a new one and pay some additional money. Therefore, you should be on the lookout for newer, improved versions of your refrigerator to save energy and cut down that soaring power bill.