Saving Money On Your Refridgerator

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Ever wonder how much it costs every year you to run your refrigerator? If you have an older non-efficient fridge you could be paying as much as $800 dollars a year. So here are a few tips to put the chill, on high prices.

Replace your old refrigerator with a new Energy Star refrigerator. They use about 40% less energy than conventional fridges. Use glass containers for your leftovers. Glass keeps food colder, which means less work for the fridge. Also glass is all natural and recyclable. You don't have to worry about what might be seeping into your food.

Keep it clean. Vacuum the coils in the back twice a year. A cooling agent runs through the coils and a fan blows across them, attracting dust. Dust build up makes the fan less efficient. And keep the fridge at 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer at 0-3 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remember if you are replacing your old fridge don't just dump it in a landfill you can visit to find a recycling program near you. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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