Step #1 – If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
|A Refrigerator might use up to 3 times as much power
monthly if located next to the stove
I would love to be as practical as possible and not request a kitchen makeover but the typical home has the fridge in the vicinity of the stove if not right next to it. The logic amazes me!
Refrigerators are used most frequently when meals are being prepared, those frequent visits in hunt for seasoning, dressings, sauce, meat, vegetables etc requires that the fridge be opened up to 3 times as much compared to any other time of day. Whenever the stove is in use and the refrigerator is open the hot air rushes in and reduces the internal temperature making the compressor work twice as hard to remove the recent sweep of hot air. This process is continued for breakfast and is magnified while dinner is prepared.
While it makes it convenient to get at the things you need to prepare your meal, from an energy saving standpoint, it makes for an inconvenient rise in energy consumption and therefore an unwelcome increase in our electricity bills. The refrigerator is only there in the first place because we are trying to conserve our own physical energy and so we dare not walk to the living or dining room, which would be the most ideal place to relocate the fridge, in order to get the butter. But think about it, wouldn’t you rather walk a few extra steps and lose a few extra pounds than pay more for your electricity bills? With your savings you could buy yourself some new clothes to go with your banging new body.
Allowing some space between the fridge and the stove will push you to spend some more time to prepare your ingredients for your next meal and take all you need in a visit or two. You will have a two fold benefit, One: you are opening the fridge less hence it holds its temperature for a longer period and Two: if you move your fridge to the dining room there will not be that much hot air, since the stove will be all lonely in the kitchen and the fridge will stay cool and your energy bill stay down.
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Step #2 – Unplugging your fridge
Unplugging the refrigerator does not work for many persons, this is due to the fact that they unplug their fridge in the middle of the day or when they are leaving for work in the mornings. It is not recommended that you unplug your fridge in the days, neither is it advisable to do it everyday. Here are the hows, whens and why unplugging your fridge works.
Unplugging your fridge is an art,
you have to know how and when to do it in order to out smart the device and not melt your ice (that rhymes 🙂 ). The best time to unplug your fridge is at 11:00pm and back in at 5:00am, the nights are much cooler and hoping that you don’t have any zombies at home who will stalk your fridge for food, then the nights would work best. You should be keen to repeat this routine on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It is not recommended that you unplug Saturdays or Sundays especially if you have a busy weekend home. Ensure that you only unplug for 3 days out of the week and that you alternate because if your ice melts you will lose all that which you have saved. Please publish a neat little sign on the fridge door for eaters to stay out. Limit visits during the unplugged nights to a maximum of 3 for the fridge and 1 for the freezer. Your energy bill will be smiling at the end of the month if you can keep this up.
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I will be providing 3 more fun tips later this week on saving energy with you refrigerator. Kindly comment, Like and tweet these tips. Use to Contact Me Form if to share your ideas, we are all trying to save on our energy bill, so help me help you to get there 🙂