Refrigeration Savings Tips
No-to-Low Cost Improvements
- Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures from the Department of Energy (DOE) are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section.
- Test your refrigerator door by closing the door on a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper out easily, the latch may need adjustment or the seal may need replacing.
- Annually, each secondary refrigerator or freezer requires an average of 700-1,600 kilowatt-hours (kWh) to operate.
Improvements that Require Investments
- Refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 2002 do not meet ENERGY STAR® standards in energy efficiency.
- An ENERGY STAR® certified freezer uses 10% less energy than a new, non-qualified model. Insulation improvements and compressor improvements mean freezers are more efficient and consume less energy.
Refrigerators with the freezer on the top are more efficient than those with freezers on the side.
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