The days are getting colder, the nights are drawing in and the thermostat is creeping up. With rising energy prices, we’re all too conscious of how much it costs to stay warm. The answer isn’t to freeze to death; keep the heating on, because you can save the pennies elsewhere.
Whatever model you have, making sure your fridge is properly packed is the key to getting the best performance from it. It takes more energy to cool the empty space in the fridge than it does the products you put inside. We could get into the physics of that, but I really wouldn’t worry – what’s important is that a full fridge is a cheap fridge (energy wise, at least).
If your fridge or freezer is looking pretty empty, find something inexpensive to fill the space. Cold water and fresh ice are handy things to have about, and an inexpensive way to keep your fridge or freezer well stocked. Make sure any food you put in the fridge is properly cooled. Warm food will raise the temperature and force the fridge to work harder.
Make sure you keep your fridge at the correct temperature. 1-5°C is best for most foods, though some fruits store better at around 10°C. There’s no need to keep the freezer at anything less than 0°C (it’ll freeze just the same).
Washing machines consume large amounts of water and electricity, so they’re an obvious place to start cutting down your energy bills. Samsung’s Ecobubble™ uses only 30% of the energy of a standard wash. The unique technology mixes air with the water, creating bubbles which are able to penetrate the fabric more effectively than a standard wash. It’s therefore able to operate at a much lower temperature (15 instead of 40°C).
Don’t go cold this winter. Turn up the heating and cut down on the waste. An investment in eco-efficient appliances will save you money in the long term.