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Energy Efficient Refrigerator

If you’re in the market for a new fridge, you can choose from several energy efficient models that will help the environment and your budget.

A refrigerator uses 25% of the energy in most homes. Actually, in the average household the refrigerator is the single biggest energy consuming kitchen appliance.

Replacing a refrigerator bought in 1990 with a newer energy efficient model would save enough energy to light the average household for nearly four months.

If you can’t replace your refrigerator, there are still ways to save energy with the one you have.

Position your refrigerator away from a heat source such as an oven, a dishwasher, or direct sunlight from a window.

To allow air to circulate around the condenser coils, leave a space between the wall or cabinets and the refrigerator and keep the coils clean.

Make sure the door seals are airtight.

Keep your refrigerator between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Minimize the amount of time the refrigerator door is open.

And remember, if you do upgrade your fridge, take the old one to recycling center.

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