HOUSEHOLDS are looking for ways to cut down on energy this winter.
Your fridge can vacuum up a lot of money because you can’t turn it off.
In fact, experts recommend you never turn off your fridge, as it could pose a serious risk to your health.
But there are ways to keep costs down – including setting it at the right temperature.
Experts recommend fridges to be between 2Â°C and 6Â°C and a freezer should be less than -18Â°C.
Having the temperature control set to those temperatures can help your fridge run more efficiently and is just one way to make sure you’re not spending more than you need to.
Jessica Rawstron, smart energy expert at British Gas said: âTo ensure you are not spending more than you need to on your fridge and freezer check the thermostat is set to the right temperature – you’ll usually find it inside the fridge or freezer.
“A fridge should be between 2Â°C to 6Â°C and a freezer should be less than -18Â°C, typically -19Â°C to -20Â°C, but your user manual will tell you the exact setting it needs.”
If you’re buying a new fridge, it pays to pay attention to the energy efficiency rating, as you could stand to save hundreds of pounds.
Ms Rawstron said: “Choosing more energy-efficient options can be a way of making long-term savings.
“For example, choosing a D rated fridge freezer over an F rated one may cost more initially, but could save you around Â£570Â in energy bills over its lifetime.”
And it’s not the only way to keep running costs down on the household essential.
How to save money on running your fridge without turning it off
There are ways to make your fridge more energy-efficient without spending any money.
Ms Rawstron said: “Regularly defrosting your current fridge and freezer keeps ice under control and keeps everything working efficiently.
“You should also keep the coils behind the fridge clean to ensure it doesnât use more energy than it needs to.”
And make sure, if you’re renewing any appliances in the kitchen, to check any energy ratings of the models you’re choosing.
Buying more energy-efficient options could save you more in the long run – for example, choosing a D-rated fridge freezer over an F-rated one may cost more upon purchasing, but it’ll actually save you hundreds over the coming years.
Here’s what else you should keep in mind:
- Let food cool down before putting it in the fridge or freezer
- Donât leave the door open unnecessarily
- Defrost food in the fridge. The food acts as an ice pack, helping keep the fridge cool
- Avoid over-filling the fridge because the fridge has to work harder to circulate cold air
- Ensure thereâs at least a 10cm gap behind your fridge to let hot air flow away more quickly
How much does it cost to run a fridge?
The exact cost of your fridge will depend on the model of the fridge, the size, any special eco settings, how you use it and how much you pay for energy.
But according to price comparison site Uswitch, the average fridge uses 166 kWh of energy per year, working out at a cost of Â£56 a year.
That’s 0.6p per hour.
However, your costs might be higher or lower depending on if you’re on a fixed tariff and when you agreed to it.
You can see how much you’re paying by checking your bill.
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