Energy consumption of your Refrigerator

Energy consumption of your Refrigerator

Refrigerator is one of the main electricity consuming equipments in your home. The Electricity consumption of Refrigerator is about 30 to 50 % of the total monthly electricity consumption for medium class families. The consumption of frost-free refrigerator is slightly more than that of direct cool refrigerators

Where & How to position the Refrigerator in premises?

• Refrigerator should be installed in a well-ventilated room.

• The position of the refrigerator should not be near heating equipments.

• Keep sufficient gap between walls around the refrigerator for circulation of air. This improves the cooling efficiency.

How to set temperature settings?

• Change temperature setting as per seasons.

• Too low temperature setting should be avoided. It consumes more power to bring temperature to low settings.

• Keep ‘automatic Ice maker’ in OFF mode. Whenever required turn it on.

• Once the Ice or ice cream is ready, change the temperature setting to normal.

Opening & Closing:

• Do not keep refrigerator door open for longer time.

• Avoid frequent opening of refrigerator. Every time you open it, the inside cool air slips out. The more the door is opened, the more energy your refrigerator will use.

• Open your refrigerator with decided purpose. Avoid spending time in searching things in refrigerator. It costs you power.

How to store food items in the Refrigerator?

• Allow hot foods to cool before putting them in the refrigerator.

• Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the fridge. Uncovered foods release moisture (and get dried out), which makes the compressor work harder.

• Don’t overfill the refrigerator, as this blocks air circulation. Conversely, a full freezer will perform better than an empty one.

How to maintain the Refrigerator?
• If it is a direct cool refrigerator, defrost it at regular interval.

• Clean the door gasket and sealing surface regularly.

• Clean your refrigerator’s coils (back) and air intake grill (below the doors) regularly. Dust deposited on condenser coil reduces the heat disposal causing longer cycle of operation. With clean coils the waste heat is carried off faster, and the fridge runs shorter cycles.

• Always check for the leakage through door seals. If leakage is noticed, get the door repaired or seal replaced. Simple method to check the leakage are –

o Check your refrigerator’s door seal by closing the door on a clean piece of paper. If it’s held tightly in place, the seal is OK.

o During evening, keep a lighted torch inside the refrigerator and switch off the room lights. If you notice light leakage from refrigerator seal, the seal is defective.

Do you intend to buy or replace a Refrigerator?

Kindly follow simple tips when you buy or replace a Refrigerator

• Look for the energy efficient Star Labeled Refrigerator. More the stars in Red, more the efficiency and less is the energy consumption.

• Be willing to pay a bit more initially for lower operating costs. A five-star refrigerator costs little more initially, but costs less per year to operate
due to better construction and insulation and will pay for itself in less than four years compared to a two-star refrigerator.

• Smaller capacity refrigerators obviously use less energy than larger capacity refrigerators. Look for the capacity appropriate for your requirement.

• Look for Refrigerator with top or bottom mounted freezers consuming less electricity than those with side-by-side freezers.

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Guest Author: safana09 Mar 2014

How much consumption is used for triple door fridge for one day?

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