Refrigerator and Freezer Tips



  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer at the right temperature. The refrigerator should be between 38° F and 42° F and the freezer between 0° F and 5° F.
  • Vacuum condenser coils in the back or at the bottom of your refrigerator every three months or so. Dust-covered coils impair the efficiency of compressor operation and increase energy use.
  • Discard old or extra refrigerators.
  • Don’t open the refrigerator longer or more often than necessary. Decide what you want before you open the door.
  • Let hot items cool before placing them in the refrigerator.
  • Defrost the freezer regularly.
  • Make sure refrigerators and freezers have tight-fitting door gaskets to prevent infiltration to warm air.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers filled to capacity but don’t overcrowd to the point where air cannot circulate freely around food.
  • Empty or nearly empty refrigerators do not operate efficiently. Use water containers or bags of ice cubes to fill empty space.
  • Turn down your refrigerator and remove perishables before going on an extended vacation.
  • Refrigerators and freezers in the garage or outside can be a real energy hog. High temperatures make your refrigerator or freezer use much more energy, which adds to your electricity bills. Consider disconnecting them at least for the summer or moving them to an air-conditioned area.