Energy Saving Tipsfrom : Energy Saving Tipsfrom www.FridgeFreezerDirect.com The Facts : The Facts Domestic fridges and freezers account for nearly 20 percent of the total energy consumption of an average household.
An old fridge can use nearly double the energy of a new model.
If everyone in the UK upgraded their old refrigeration appliance to an A-rated, energy efficient product, energy wastage would be cut by over two-thirds.
That's the equivalent of over 47 million hot air balloons of CO2 and over £1 billion on bills. Main areas to consider : Main areas to consider Purchasing
Placement & Space
Regular defrosting & cleaning
Recycling Purchasing : Purchasing Products that display this Energy Efficiency Recommended logo meet or exceed government-approved energy efficiency requirements. It's your guarantee that the product will save energy, cost less to run and help the environment. To make it easy for you to compare one appliance with another, each one carries an energy efficiency label. Most are rated on a scale of A to G, the only exceptions are refrigeration products, which now go up to A++. By law, retailers and manufacturers must display these labels on all new domestic appliances. Buying a more efficient model doesn't mean you're losing out on performance, but it does mean it will be cheaper to run and better for everyone. Placement & Space : Placement & Space If purchasing new refrigeration is not an option, there are other ways to improve energy efficiency.
Placing your fridge or freezer in a cool spot is not always possible however; it can make all the difference.
Quite simply, placing your refrigeration appliance next to an oven or in direct sunlight for example, will make it work all the more harder therefore reducing energy efficiency.
Remember that fridges generate heat on the outside in order to cool inside the cabinet, therefore there needs to be adequate space around the unit, particularly at the top, to allow the heat to dissipate. 50 to 100mm is preferable but again not always possible however; anything helps. Temperature : Temperature Some freezers can operate at very low temperatures, around the 24c mark however, your food will keep just as well at temperatures around 18c.
Likewise fridges can operate between 3c to 6c, so setting your thermostat at the higher end of this scale will reduce energy consumption.
In a nutshell, operating fridges and freezers at a slightly higher temperature, will have a positive effect on energy efficiency whilst still storing your food produce effectively. Regular defrosting & cleaning : Regular defrosting & cleaning Regularly defrosting your freezer will help keep it running at the optimum.
When frost builds up, the compressor has to run harder for much longer in order to achieve the required temperature.
This of course, has a negative effect on energy consumption which in turn has a negative effect on your bills.
An easy way to help your fridge run more efficiently is to clean the coils, which dissipate heat from the fridge. If they're covered with dust or dirt, they can't work the way they should, and your fridge will run longer and more often. Cleaning your refrigerator coils every 6 months with improve efficiency. Managing Storage : Managing Storage Keeping your fridge full will improve energy efficiency, but do not over fill, this prevents air circulation making the fridge harder to keep cool.
Keep liquids covered and foods wrapped thus preventing moisture escaping in the cabinet. Excess moisture in fridges will make the compressor work harder.
Freezers should be filled as tightly as possible. Frozen produce already in the compartment will aid the freezing process of food introduced to the freezer.
This enables foods introduced to the freezer to reach the desired temperature a lot quicker. Recycling : Recycling It is essential for old appliances, particularly fridges and freezers, to be disposed of in the correct way due to CFC’s & HCFC’s used.
Your local recycling centre should be able to accept and safely recycle your old appliances.
Alternatively contact your local authority, they may have a recycling scheme in place.
If you are purchasing a new appliance, speak with your supplier, they will probably offer a recycling service for your old appliances. Energy Saving Tips Brought to you by www.fridgefreezerdirect.com : Energy Saving Tips Brought to you by www.fridgefreezerdirect.com Visit our website for more advice and great deals on all types of domestic and commercial refrigeration. Free UK delivery on all orders over £50.00 + VAT