Pretty much every home has a fridge or a fridge freezer. Used properly they can store food safely for lengthy periods and make fresh foods or perishables last longer. Gone are the days when we eat only what was dictated by the season and the wide range of foods in the average European diet is feasible only because of the use of fridges and freezers – in transit, in the store and at home.
However, unlike many household electrical appliances, fridges and freezers are never switched off so they do use a lot of electricity. Whatever make or model you get, it’s important to make sure that your appliance, whether that’s a free-standing unit or an integrated fridge freezer, runs at maximum efficiency. Here are some tips for helping to make sure you are getting the most from your fridge and freezer.
- 1. Load Correctly. Cold air must circulate in a fridge to keep the food chilled properly. If yours is crammed full, the compressor and fan will have to work harder to make sure the air does circulate. It’s the reverse with a Freezer, which is most efficient when at least 75% full. So pack your freezer but leave room in the fridge.
- 2. Defrost Regularly. Some products have an automatic defrost setting and many companies market frost free freezers which save time and effort. Whatever type you’ve got, don’t let the ice build up go above six millimetres.
- 3. Check the integrity of the door seals. If your appliance door doesn’t shut properly, perhaps due to an ice build up or faulty seals, this makes the unit work harder (and therefore consume more energy) to compensate. Make sure that the door seals are in good condition or defrost as above. Every now and then give the back of your fridge or freezer a quick vacuum.. Not so easily done with integrated appliances of course