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.

March 31, 2022
  1. Clean everything off the top of your fridge. Storing items here can block heat from escaping, making your fridge less efficient.
  1. 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.  
  1. Vacuum and clean the vents at the back of the fridge.  
  1. Check the seal around the door – if they are deteriorating or damaged in any way, the cold won’t stay where you want it.  
  1. 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.  
  1. A full freezer works more efficiently, and frozen food will stay frozen for longer if there's a power cut.  
  1. Keep the fridge at least 2/3 full for maximum efficiency (but don’t overload it too much!).
  1. Let hot items cool a little before putting them in the fridge or they will raise the internal temperature.
  1. If your fridge doesn’t defrost automatically – make sure you defrost it regularly.
  1. 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.  
  1. 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.

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