The fridge in your house works round the clock all year through. So it should come as no surprise that it is a top contributor to your monthly energy bills. Annual running cost of a fridge can be anywhere between £12 and £38, depending on its energy consumption. Over a five-year period, this difference translates to an additional £130 paid for the inefficient model.
EU fridge energy ratings
A good indicator of your fridge’s energy consumption is its EU energy rating. All new fridge models sold in the market since July 2012 must have an energy rating of A+, A++ or A+++, where A+++ is the highest rating. If you bought a fridge prior to July 2012, then the appliance may also have an energy rating of A.
A fridge with a high energy rating will consume less energy and should cost you less to run than a fridge with a low energy rating. Before deciding on a new fridge for your home, find out about its energy efficiency rating, power consumption and annual running cost. Here is a useful link from electrical energy efficiency website sust-it for comparing the energy consumption and running cost for the various fridge brands, fridge types and fridge sizes.
Increase the energy efficiency of your current fridge
A few simple changes in the way you maintain your fridge can reduce its power consumption and in the bargain reduce your monthly energy payments.
- Ensure that the fridge thermostat is set at the optimum temperature settings specified in the appliance manual. Ideal temperature for a fridge is between 3°C and 5°C and freezer is -18 °C.
- Reduce the amount of time the fridge door is kept open while putting in or taking out items. One way to achieve this is to store items in specific shelves, so you know exactly what is where.
- Follow the fridge maintenance steps advised in the fridge manual. Regular defrosting and cleaning the dust gathered on condenser coils can improve the fridge’s energy efficiency.
- Keep the fridge in a cool spot. Place it at some distance from the cooker and away from the sunlight coming through the kitchen window.
- Ensure adequate ventilation for cooling, by keeping a gap of at least 10cm between the fridge and adjacent wall/appliances.
- Cool cooked food before storing in the fridge.
- Don’t overstock the fridge. The cool air needs to be able to circulate freely.
- Clean the fridge door seals regularly to prevent any debris from collecting and ensure that the door closes properly. Replace the door seals if they appear worn out.