An easy way to reduce your energy usage at home is to switch over to more efficient appliances. Doing a bit of research in advance can save you a lot of time and money when you’re ready to make a purchase. Refrigerators consume more electricity than any other appliance, so today I will share some tips to help you start saving energy today with your existing refrigerator:

  • Transfer frozen foods from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before you want to use them: this will help cool the compartment and reduce energy usage
  • Wait until food has cooled before putting it into the refrigerator
  • Vacuum the coils on the back frequently
  • Temperature settings can typically be reduced in the winter

And if you’re in the market for a new fridge, here are some quick purchasing tips:

  • The less accessories, the better! Ice makers and water dispensers are unnecessary and sap a lot of energy
  • Look for freezers that are on the top or bottom, rather than the side
  • Avoid auto-defrost models

Rather than disposing of your appliance, you can recycle it! Learn more about recycling all types of home appliances on the Energy Star website.