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Things you can do to keep Florida's Air Clean


Conserving Electricity at Work and at Home > Refrigerator and Freezer Tips
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer full.
  • Don't crowd food items into the refrigerator (contents will not cool properly if air circulation is obstructed).
  • Keep the fresh food compartment at 37-40F.
  • Keep the freezer compartment at 0-5F.
  • Use a thermometer to periodically check the refrigerator/freezer temperatures.
  • With manual-defrost freezers, don't allow frost to build up more than 1/4 inch.
  • Use the "energy saver" switch to adjust the heating coils, which prevent condensation on the refrigerator.
  • Don't keep opening the refrigerator/freezer door, mark freezer items for quick identification.
  • After shutting the refrigerator/freezer door, check to make sure it closed tightly.
  • Check the seal on the door gasket for air leakage (if you close the door on a dollar bill and it pulls out easily, you probably need a new gasket).
  • Lubricate the door gasket with petroleum jelly to keep it from cracking or drying out.
  • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator (uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder).
  • Wrap food items with aluminum foil or plastic wrap (paper is an insulator).
  • Avoid putting hot foods directly in the freezer; let them cool first.
  • Don't keep an old unit running day and night in the garage (a 15-year-old refrigerator could cost $100-$150 per year).
  • Clean the coils in the back or bottom of the refrigerator/freezer.
  • Locate refrigerator/freezers away from heat sources and direct sunlight, which cause the compressor to work harder.
  • Don't enclose the unit in cabinets or place it close up against the walls (heat from the compressor and condensing coils must be able to escape freely).
  • Freezers can be installed in an attached garage or basement; however, don't put it in a space that frequently goes below 45F (the refrigerant will not work properly).
  • Have leaky refrigeration systems repaired.
  • If the motor runs too often or too long, get it checked (maintenance work on older units has a big pay-off in terms of energy efficiency).

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Last updated: June 26, 2015


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