Follow these guidelines to reduce the amount of energy your refrigerator uses:
- Set the appropriate temperature.
Keep your refrigerator at 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your fridge in a cool place.
Position your refrigerator away from a heat source such as an oven, a dishwasher, or direct sunlight from a window.
- Allow air circulation behind the fridge.
Leave a few inches between the wall and the refrigerator, and keep the condenser coils clean if you have an older model. Read the user�s manual to learn how to safely clean coils. Coil cleaning brushes can be purchased at most hardware stores.
- Check the door seals.
Make sure the refrigerator seals around the door are airtight. If not, replace them.
- Keep the door closed.
Minimize the amount of time the refrigerator door is open.
If you buy a new refrigerator, be sure to recycle your old one. Many appliance retailers will pick up and recycle your old refrigerator when you purchase a new one.