There are so many ways you can save a little energy and money just by using a few pointers!  REading these Tips from Northwestern Energy has made me realize my stand up freezer in my garage that is 30 years old might not be costing me a lot of money.  So read up on these tips and see if you can save some money and a little energy.
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Some tips for your fridges:
  • Set your refrigerator temperature between 37° and 40°F. If you have a refrigerator/freezer combination, set the freezer temperature between 0°F and 5°F. In stand-alone freezers used for long-term storage, set the temperature to 0°F. It takes about 15 minutes to get a good initial reading and then about 24 hours for a change in setting to take effect.
  • Inspect the seals around refrigerator and freezer doors. Replace these seals if they are cracked or if you can feel cool air escaping. To check the seal, place a dollar bill between the door and the cabinet of the refrigerator. Close the door. Pull the dollar bill straight out. You should feel some resistance. Test all around the door. If there are places of no resistance, replace the seal.
  • Defrost manual-defrost freezers regularly. Frost makes them work harder and wastes energy. Don't allow more than one-quarter inch of frost to build up.
  • Place refrigerators and freezers where they operate at room temperature. Compressors need to work extra hard when the refrigerator is in hot or cold areas such as porches or garages.
  • Turn off and safely store extra refrigerators, especially if they are older than 10 years. Older units use about three times as much electricity as new models.

This article was sponsored by Northwestern Energy. For more great energy saving tips from Northwestern Energy,visit their website and start saving!