Checking your refrigerator could you save you money!

Everyone is interested in saving money on their electric bill, especially now when electric bills are higher and the economy is a little tight. One way of doing this is to make sure that your refrigerator was one of the newer, more energy efficient ones. But if you can’t swing that, here are some things to check to make sure yours isn’t costing you more than it should.

Make sure the gasket between the door and the compartment seals tightly by closing the door on a dollar bill and tugging on it. There should be resistance when you pull on the bill. Do this in several spots around the door, and if you find any spots where the dollar bill is loose you can try to clean the gasket. If this does not fix the problem, look to see if the gasket is loose or torn. If so, you may be able to fix the problem with glue. If it can’t be glued, you can call the place where you purchased the refrigerator and have them order you a new gasket.

Make sure the coils on the back of the refrigerator (or underneath the refrigerator in some cases) are kept clean and cool to keep it working at peak efficiency. Vacuum the coils periodically to remove any dust off them. Place the refrigerator as far away from any heat sources such as stoves and radiators as possible in order to keep coils cool.

Let really hot foods cool some before storing them in the refrigerator and the refrigerator will use less energy.

Both the refrigerator and freezer work more efficiently when relatively full but not packed tight. Make sure items in the refrigerator are spaced a little to allow air to circulate around them. Don’t push things in the freezer all the way to the back against the vents.

Cover liquids. Uncovered liquids add humidity, making the refrigerator work longer.

Invest in a refrigerator thermometer and keep the refrigerator at the proper temperature. The refrigerator compartment should be at 38-40 degrees and the freezer at about 5 degrees. For long term storage in the freezer, the temperature should be 0 degrees.

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