6 ways to keep fridge costs down

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    You may not realize it, but your refrigerator is a power hog. 

    We want to help you save money so we found 6 tips to keep fridge costs low from Refrigerator Info.

    1. Clean the Coils. Those metal coils on the back of your fridge help get rid of heat from the compressor, that part that actually chills your fridge. Keeping the coils clear of dust and debris will mean the compressor doesn't have to work as hard to cool off your food.

    2. Cover Your Food. A refrigerator's compressor has to work harder to cool moist air, so in covering your food, you'll limit the amount of moisture in the fridge and cut back on how hard the compressor has to work to cool it.

    3. Make Sure it's the Right Temperature. Keeping your fridge too warm could make food unsafe, but keeping it too cold can ruin food - racking up extra energy costs and wasting groceries, too. Keep the main food compartment between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the freezer at 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

    4. Defrost the Freezer Periodically. If your freezer needs to be defrosted manually, make sure to do so on a regular basis. Don't let more than a quarter inch of frost build up. Otherwise, it restricts air flow in the freezer, and also retains moisture.

    5. Keep Hot Items Out. If you put a hot casserole in the fridge straight out of the oven, all of the heat from the dish will radiate into the fridge, warming all of the air inside.  Your compressor will have to work harder to cool the air, wasting electricity. Let hot dishes cool before putting them in the fridge.

    6. Turn Off the Ice Maker If you leave the ice maker turned on when you don't use it, it can be a power hog. Consider switching it off when the box is filled with ice, or simply not using it as often.

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