Use Your Refrigerator & Freezer Efficiently


In order to yield the best efficiency from your refrigerator and freezer consider these helpful tips:

  • Set to Cool: Setting your refrigerator and freezer too cold is a waste of energy. The recommended temperature range for the refrigerator is 36°F to 40°F and about 5°F for the freezer. To check the internal temperature, place an appliance thermometer in a glass of water and read it after 24 hours. Remember to adjust the internal temperature settings to the ideal degree.
  • Check Door Seals: Air tight seals will keep the cool air inside where it belongs. Keep an eye out for weak points in the foam or if any handle is loose. If you can place a piece of thin paper in between the seal and edge of your fridge and pull it out easily, you may need to replace your door seals.
  • Placement Matters: If possible choose a cool location for the refrigerator. Putting a the refrigerator next to your kitchen stove or in the direct sunlight will only make it work harder to maintain a cool temperature.
  • Get Rid of Freezer Frost: Routine defrosting will help improve your energy savings. 
  • Cover & Contain Food: Cover liquids and wrap your food in reusable containers. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder than necessary. 

Learn more at Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
Thinking about purchasing a more efficient model? If your current refrigerator was made before 1993, it uses twice the amount of energy as newer ENERGY STAR refrigerators. Standards have improved, and today’s models use less energy than a 60-watt light bulb run continuously. Learn more from the Buying Appliances section or ENERGY STAR.