Freezer Best Practices

Follow these guidelines to reduce the amount of energy your freezer uses:

  • Set the appropriate temperature.
    Keep the temperature at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures.
    Unless you live in a mild climate, keep your freezer indoors, such as in the basement. Extreme temperatures are hard on the compressor and can reduce the life of your freezer.
  • Allow air circulation behind the freezer.
    Leave a few inches between the wall or cabinets and the freezer.
  • Check the door seals.
    Make sure the seals around the door are airtight. If not, replace them.
  • Keep the door closed.
    Minimize the amount of time the freezer door is open.

If you buy a new freezer, be sure to recycle your old one. Many appliance retailers will pick up and recycle your old freezer when you purchase a new one.