Keep your fridge crispy cool
A fridge is one appliance in your home that we tend to take for granted – but to keep it working efficiently and doing its job, there are a few things you should (and shouldn’t) do.
- Clean everything off the top of your fridge. Storing items here can block heat from escaping, making your fridge less efficient.
- Make sure your fridge is a few centimetres away from the wall or any enclosure to maintain good air circulation. This will make it run more efficiently.
- Vacuum and clean the vents at the back of the fridge.
- Check the seal around the door – if they are deteriorating or damaged in any way, the cold won’t stay where you want it.
- Keep your fridge organised and use the different compartments properly; store your dairy in the dairy compartment, meat in the meat drawer (if you have one), and fruit and veggies in the crisper.
- A full freezer works more efficiently, and frozen food will stay frozen for longer if there's a power cut.
- Keep the fridge at least 2/3 full for maximum efficiency (but don’t overload it too much!).
- Let hot items cool a little before putting them in the fridge or they will raise the internal temperature.
- If your fridge doesn’t defrost automatically – make sure you defrost it regularly.
- Keep the door closed as much as possible – you may have to enforce this with teenagers who will open the door and stare aimlessly inside looking for something to eat.
- When thawing food – do it in the fridge. This is important for food safety and will also help your fridge to maintain its temperature without using extra energy on hot days.