Nowadays, your refrigeration appliances work hard around the clock. But are you really using them in an energy-efficient way? It’s that time again – #energyday16 is here and V-ZUG has some tips for you!
15 % of the electricity consumed in a four-person, single-family household relates to cooling equipment. That’s 8 % for the refrigerator (with or without a freezer compartment) and an additional 7 % for separate freezers. For comparison, the biggest consumer – at 22 % – is building technology, followed by lighting at 13 %. So it’s definitely worth taking a look at our tips for saving: the environment – not to mention your bank balance – will thank you for it.
Question: What happens if you leave the refrigerator door open for an extended period of time? Will it get cooler or warmer in the kitchen, or will the temperature stay the same?
Answer: It will get warmer, because the lost power from the compressor will heat the kitchen faster than the cold from the refrigerator can cool the room down. (Source: household energy efficiency brochure by EnergieSchweiz, a Swiss energy initiative. Follow this link to read the brochure.)
ONLY LEAVE THE APPLIANCE OPEN FOR A SHORT TIME
Only leave the door of your refrigerator or freezer open for as long as is absolutely necessary. The appliances have to compensate for any cooling that is lost by doors being left open, and that consumes a lot of energy. Ensuring your storage system is well organised can help.
DON'T PUT HOT FOOD IN THE REFRIGERATOR
Allow food to cool thoroughly before storing it in the refrigerator. Put frozen food into the refrigerator when you're thawing it out. This way, the appliance absorbs the cold and uses less energy as a result.
SWITCH OFF YOUR REFRIGERATOR WHEN YOU GO ON HOLIDAY
If you're going to be away for a long time (on holiday, for example), it's worth switching the refrigerator off or activating its holiday function.
THAW OUT YOUR COOLING APPLIANCES REGULARLY
Regular thawing helps to maintain a good energy balance in the refrigerator.
BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU POSITION THE REFRIGERATOR
If you have a choice when planning and positioning your cooling appliances, make sure they have as much protection as possible from direct sunlight and are not positioned directly adjacent to heat sources such as the cooker, dishwasher or radiators.
ALSO TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING TIPS
- Raising the refrigerator temperature to 6 °C reduces energy consumption by approximately 6 %.
- Ensure that frozen foods are kept cold when you are bringing them home from the shop.
- To defrost frozen food, take it out of the freezer well ahead of time and allow it to thaw out gently in the refrigerator.
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