Refrigerators are among the top energy-users in the kitchen. Here’s how to minimize your energy use. 1. If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, buy one with the Energy Star seal. You can even get tax deductions for Energy Star appliances.
2. Although newer fridges continue to be more energy efficient, you can optimize energy use in your current model by keeping both fridge and freezer compartments well stocked, but not stuffed with food.
3. Know what’s in your fridge to limit constant opening, causing more energy use to maintain a cold temperature. Keep your fridge coils clean by vacuuming at least once every three months.