Refrigerators these days are much more energy efficient than older models, but Entergy tells us there are still things you can do right now to save on your next power bill.
Start by checking the thermostats inside. The fridge should be between 37 and 40 degrees. The freezer should be set at 5 degrees.
The fuller the refrigerator, the better. A well stocked but not overfilled fridge has less air to cool.
Be sure to cover your leftovers. Uncovered items release moisture, making your compressor work harder.
Defrost your freezer regularly. Frost buildup of more than a quarter of an inch reduces effeciency.
Make sure the doors seal tightly, and keep the coils clean and dust-free.
Finally, position your fridge away from anything hot, like the oven or a window which may cause it to work harder.
If you've got a fridge that's more than 10 years old, consider getting a new, more effecient model. Look for one with an Energy Star. And don't get more fridge than you need. Remember, wasted space in your fridge will waste energy and your money.