Eco Friendly Refrigerator

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Eco Friendly Refrigerator

Pick an energy star refrigerator the next time you buy. Follow these easy tips to select the best refrigerators.

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As you implement green living practices into your home, an eco friendly refrigerator should be near the top of your list. You don't necessarily have to go out and purchase a new unit, although we'll talk about what to look for when you are ready to do that as well.

There are two major areas to consider when looking at an energy efficient refrigerator.

First, you want to make sure that the unit you are currently using is as eco friendly as possible. There are numerous simple things that you can do to ensure that energy isn't being wasted as a result of your refrigerator.

Second, when the time comes to purchase a new unit, you'll want to make sure that you are armed with the very best information possible so you can select the very best eco friendly refrigerator for your needs - one that will use the smallest amount of energy while still providing you everything you need.


Check Out Your Existing Refrigerator First

Check Out Your Existing Refrigerator First
    Before you decide to buy an eco friendly refrigerator, let's look at what you can do to make sure that your existing unit is running as efficiently as possible:
    Check your fridge for an alarm. Most newer units will have a built-in alarm that can be turned on or off. Turn your on, so that you'll know if the door has been left ajar.
    Consider the placement. Your refrigerator will be more energy efficient if it's not placed next to your stove or in direct sunlight. In many cases, there is only one place in the kitchen where you can place your fridge, but if moving it to a better location is possible, consider doing so.
    Pull your unit away from the wall and vacuum all of the condenser coils in the back. They collect dust like crazy and that dust build up causes your unit to have to work harder to keep cool. Making it a habit to clean the coils every few months will ensure that your fridge runs more efficiently. It will also extend the life of your unit.
    Check to see if the door seal is working properly. This is extremely easy - simply take a dollar bill and put it in between the door and the refrigerator and then close the door. If the dollar bill can easily be pulled out, or worse yet, falls out on its own, you've got a problem. That means that cold air is also escaping from your unit, causing it to work harder to keep the inside cool.  If this is the case, you'll want to replace your seal
    Check your temperature settings.  An energy efficient refrigerator should be set between 37 and 40 degrees.  Your freezer should be set at 5 degrees.  Any colder than that and you're only wasting energy.
Keep Your Refrigerator Full

Keep Your Refrigerator Full

    Try to keep your fridge and freezer full, but don't overload them. Just like most appliances, it will work just as hard to keep a few items cold as it will when it's completely full, so you want to utilize the space that you have. By planning your shopping trips to keep your fridge full of the things you need, you'll also save gas and time since you won't have to run out all the time to pick up necessities.
    Don't put hot leftovers into your fridge. Allow leftovers to cool down before putting them in. When you add a hot item to the refrigerator, it causes the compressor to work harder, using more energy.
    When preparing a meal, take out all of the items that you'll need at one time. Instead of going back and forth to the refrigerator to get things that you'll need, take everything out at one time and put it all away at one time. Instead of opening the door several times, you'll open it twice
Buy An Eco Friendly Refrigerator

The second major factor in saving energy with your refrigerator is to buy the most energy efficient model that you can. When the time comes to purchase a new unit, you'll want to understand how to choose the best possible model that you can.

The most important thing to understand is that with the purchase of an eco friendly refrigerator there are really two costs. The first cost is the one that you see in the store. That's the sticker price of the unit that you are considering buying. However, there's a second cost - an ongoing cost - which is the cost of running your refrigerator.

Over time, that cost can add up to be significantly more than the purchase price. That's why it makes good sense to purchase the very best and most energy efficient refrigerator that you can afford.

Here's what to look for in an Eco Friendly Refrigerator:
Energy Star

The most important item that you'll want to pay attention to is the Energy Star rating of any unit that you are considering purchasing. This rating will tell you how many kilowatt hours that a specific unit uses each year.

It will also give you an approximate cost to run based on the national average of cost per kilowatt hour. Your cost may be different, depending on what you actually pay per kWh (kilowatt hour). If you want to figure out what a specific until will cost you to run, it's simple to figure out.

Before shopping for your eco friendly refrigerator, look at a recent electric bill to see what you are being charged per kWh for electricity. Then multiply that number by the number on the energy star rating form that's attached to the unit that you are considering. For example, an Amana side-by-side model uses 577 kWh/year. If you pay 8 cents per kWh, this unit would cost you about $46.16 to run each year.

Obviously, the lower the yearly cost, the better the refrigerator. It's not the only consideration, but it should be a major one. For a list of all Energy Star qualified eco friendly refrigerators and freezers, you can visit Energy Star.

Even though side-by-side models are extremely popular, they are typically more expensive to run. Whether or not you choose to purchase a side-by-side is going to have a lot to do with your personal preference, but if energy efficiency is the most important aspect in your decision, you'll likely want to look for a model that has a freezer on the top.

Pay close attention to size. Again, the size of the until that you end up buying may be dictated by the space in your kitchen that's dedicated to your refrigerator and freezer, but the general rule is that 25 cubic feet is large enough for just about all families.

If you live alone and can go smaller, it's wise to do so.

You obviously don't want to compromise the look of your kitchen by having a tiny refrigerator in a huge space, but don't get a large until just to have one either. You'll pay for it dearly over time.

Look For Manual DeFrost

Be Sure To Have A Manual Defrost Mode

Look for units that have a manual defrost. Having an automatic defrost is nice for ease of use, but they use double the energy of units that need to be manually defrosted. It's important to note that you actually have to defrost your unit from time to time to realize those savings.

If you aren't the kind of person who will remember, then you're probably better off with the automatic defrost and the higher running cost.

Decide if you can live without a water dispenser and ice maker. It seems odd not to have those convenience items today and I honestly don't know if I could live without them, but the fact is that refrigerators that don't have them use less energy than those that do. If you really want to purchase the most energy efficient refrigerator, you'll want to do without.

As you work to lower your energy usage in the kitchen by making your fridge as eco friendly as possible, remember that you don't have to do without in order to keep your costs down and be more green.

If you really want a water dispenser, you can easily make up the added cost of having it by implementing some of the other tips. Green living shouldn't be about doing without - just implement that changes that make sense for you.

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