If you had to guess which home appliance uses up the most energy, which would you choose? If you picked your refrigerator, you get a gold star. Or should I say Energy Star? Now it's time to see if you are doing everything you can to make sure your fridge runs more efficiently.
One of the easiest things you can do is to make sure to clean the coils twice a year. You can find them at the bottom of your refrigerator, behind a panel in the front or exposed in the back on older models. Dusty coils make your fridge run more often and for longer periods of time. I try to run a mop or dust cloth under there every time I clean the floors just to stay on top of the dust bunnies.
Another simple way to make your refrigerator run more efficiently is to set the temperature between to 37° F and 40° F and the freezer between 0° F and 5° F. Keep your fridge and freezer stocked--less cold air is lost when the door is open, because the food retains the cold.For more energy saving tips and advice for living more sustainably, take a look this checklist for the home.