April 19, 2017
Today we are staying on track with yesterday's topic: keeping your food fresh while conserving energy.
Here's the first tip...have you ever taken the 'dollar bill' test?
Leaky door seals are a main culprit for energy loss in both refrigerator and freezer. Improperly-sealed doors let cold air escape, making the unit work harder and cutting food quality.
Check door seals with the "dollar bill" test. Close the refrigerator or freezer door on a dollar bill. A well-sealed door will hold tight
to the money; if the bill falls out, or can be slid
around easily, it's time to clean or replace the door gasket.
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A thermometer can be a key to saving money in refrigerator or freezer. Too-cold temperatures waste energy, while too-warm temps lead to premature food spoilage.
Use a thermometer to monitor refrigerator temperatures; they should be set to between 36 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. In the freezer, shoot for a temperature range between zero and 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
Be sure to pay attention when the seasons change; a temperature setting that works well for the winter months may need to be adjusted during hotter weather.
Clean condenser coils
Condenser coils do the heavy lifting of creating cold air, but they can't radiate heat properly if their surface is coated with dust or grime.
Use a coil brush or the vacuum cleaner's extension wand to clean the condenser coils behind or beneath the refrigerator.
Clean coils cost less to operate, and because they work more quickly to chill the air, keeping them clean will extend the useful life of your appliance.