Energy-saving tips for your fridge and freezer

Your refrigerator and freezer are likely to be some of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home or office so here are some simple energy-saving tips which will also save you money.

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  • Make sure that you keep the coils on the back of your fridge-freezer clean. Use a vacuum cleaner or duster every 3 months to remove dust and dirt and you could save up to 30% on your electricity bill. Unplug the fridge-freezer first to avoid electric shocks.
  • Fridge-freezers work best in cold spaces, so try to keep them away from ovens  and out of direct sunlight.
  • The coils at the back work better if they're kept at least 10cm from the wall and dust-free.
  • Regularly clean door seals and replace damaged ones ASAP.
  • Fridges works most efficiently when well stocked but don't overfill them.
  • Keep liquids covered as vapours make the fridge work harder so use more energy and cost you more money.
  • Keep the appliance at its optimum temperature – 3-5°C for the fridge and -18°C for freezers.
  • Freezers work more efficiently when full so fill any empty spaces with crumpled newspaper or sealed plastic boxes.
  • Open fridge and freezer doors for as short a time as possible.
  • Never put warm food in the fridge, let it cool first.

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