Refrigerator and Freezer Tips
- Refrigerators and freezers operate most efficiently when full but not overcrowded.
- Arrange contents in a way that allows air to circulate.
- Keep the freezer full by filling plastic milk bottles with water.
- Make sure refrigerator and freezer doors fit tightly. If they don't, adjust or replace gaskets. Here is a simple test: Shut the door on a dollar bill. If you can pull the dollar out easily, the gasket is not sealing properly. Try this at several locations around the door to check for uneven seal.
- Don't open the doors unnecessarily.
- If you're going away, remove perishable food from the refrigerator and turn the thermostat up a few degrees.
- Don't put uncovered liquids in the refrigerator. They force the unit to work harder to remove the moisture.
- Let cooked food cool to room temperature before putting it in the refrigerator.
- Don't put foil on the refrigerator shelves. It blocks cold airflow and makes the unit work harder to cool food.
- Don't locate the refrigerator or freezer near the stove, dishwasher or other heat-producing appliances.
- Don't locate the refrigerator in direct sunlight.
- Set your refrigerator thermostat at 40° and your freezer at 0°.
- If your refrigerator has an "efficiency" setting, make sure it is on. This will reduce the number of hours the unit needs to run.
- Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator.
- Clean dust from refrigerator coils.
- Don't store paper bags or anything else behind the refrigerator. They can cut airflow to the coils, making the refrigerator work harder.
- Don't try to cool the house with the refrigerator.
NH Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor | 107 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH 03301
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