Of all your household appliances your fridge/freezer often consumes the most amount of energy in your home.
Your fridge/freezer gobbles up a huge amount of energy and is often home to lots of forgotten leftovers that go off sitting in the fridge for too long.
With that in mind we have compiled 6 ideas that should save you money:
1) Move your fridge away from the wall
Often we make the mistake of pushing our fridge too close to the back wall. By pulling the fridge forward a few centimetres it can help reduce the energy used by the fridge by as much as 40%. Now that’s a big saving.
2) Buy a thermometer and pop it in the fridge
The ideal temperature for your fridge should be 3-5 degrees celsius and the freezer range is -18 to -15 degrees celsius. If the temp is too low it can affect the quality of your food as well as burn extra energy. If the temp is above this range it can also affect the quality of your food.
3) Clean the coils
Dust builds up on the coils at the back of your fridge and so the condenser kicks in more often and has to work harder, using more energy and costing you more money. Pull out the fridge and use your vacuum to clean off the excess dust both on and around the fridge. Make sure you do this regularly!
4) Fill your empty containers with water and put in the freezer
Your freezer works best when it’s full. Cold items help keep other items cold and maintains a low temperature. Rather than filling your freezer with unnecessary food that you may forget about, get an empty milk container and fill 75% with water and put it in the freezer.
5) Get rid of your leftovers
Do your leftovers get pushed to the back of the fridge and get forgotten until you see mould growing on them?
Here’s a simple way to work out what to get rid of each week. Have on hand some coloured washable markers and allocate a colour for each day. When adding something to the fridge write on the container with the coloured marker for that day, that way you can categorise food by how long it’s been in the fridge. Sunday night glance in the fridge and look for Monday’s colour and throw it out.
6) Add a ‘leftover veggies’ container to the freezer
Do you often have a few veggies left over at the end of the meal? Rather than throwing them in the bin put them in a small container in your freezer. Once the container is full, boil some water, add some spices, meat of your choice and stock and boil away. You then have a yummy, inexpensive soup – especially great in winter!
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