These tips can help reduce your energy bills

Where does an old kitchen fridge usually end up? If not in the metal yard, then usually in the basement or garage. But an old machine can have an estimated electricity usage of 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, consuming twice the energy of a more modern fridge.

If you decide to continue using your old refrigerator, consider the following tips:

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Why? Warm air entering the fridge will cause excess energy consumption

  • Slide a piece of paper in the door. If the paper falls out, it means the door seals are not tight enough and should be replaced.

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Why? An old empty fridge, consuming 1,000 kilowatt hours per year, and costing an average of 11.5 cents per kilowatt, will add $115 to your electricity bill annually.

  • Unplug the unit when not in use and, to reduce chances of mould and mildew setting in, remove the door or lock it open.
  • If your garage or basement refrigerator is idle and unplugged, make sure to plug it in periodically for a two-hour duration or longer to keep refrigeration seals from drying out.
  • If your extra refrigerator is running but not kept full, consider replacing it with a smaller ENERGY STAR® model that can be kept full.

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Why? To improve cooling capability and save energy

  • Heat exchange coils are located at the back of the fridge and can become dusty and grimy.
  • Remove dust build-up with a vacuum cleaner or light brush and get rid of grime with a soft dampened cloth.

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