11 ways to organize your fridge + save energy
January 11 2018, 11:48 AM
New Year, new resolutions! Each year, people commit themselves to being more organized, saving money and, even saving energy. This year, try taking on a resolution that can do all three: organizing your refrigerator. Here are 11 ways to get your fridge organized in a way that can help you save money.
- Arrange foods for quick in-and-outs. The longer you keep the door open, the more cold air you are letting out and the harder your fridge has to work. Reach items easier with the help of a lazy susan or labeled containers.
- Consider space that’s normally ignored like fridge walls, and under shelves. You can use plastic utensil organizers for smaller snacks on the sides of your fridge, and space saving organizers for under shelves.
- Some foods can be left out of the fridge: tomatoes, bananas, apples, pears, ketchup, soy sauce, etc. Leave these out to create space for foods that matter to avoid clutter.
- The temperatures near your door can fluctuate, so avoid storing easy-to-spoil items like milk on the door- instead, store milk on the middle shelf where the temperature is consistent. Items like condiments and canned or bottled drinks can be stored on the door.
- Make sure your fridge is set to the right temperature. We recommend keeping your fridge set to 2°C and freezer to -18°C to keep your energy costs down. Not sure what temperature your fridge is at? Check out this video to check your fridge’s temperature.
- Make sure there is an air gap for your fridge condenser. These are usually on the back of the fridge, so keeping your fridge an inch or two from the wall will help keep the air flowing.
- Don’t overfill your refrigerator. Overstocked shelves can reduce airflow and cause frost buildup. Ice makes it more difficult for the fridge to keep a consistent temperature. Make sure you don’t put tall or bulky items in front of air vents.
- Understand your fridge’s humidity. The two drawers at the bottom of your fridge can extend your produce’s life if used correctly. Use a higher humidity in one bin for leafy greens, peppers, and broccoli and a lower humidity in your other bin for items that will go bad quicker, like kiwi. This will help your produce stay fresher, longer.
- Store your meat near the bottom of the fridge. Being as close to the coldest part of the fridge (just above the freezer) is important to keep your raw meat from spoiling before you’re ready to eat it. If you don’t have a built-in meat drawer, you can use one of your produce drawers, or a separate container to keep any contamination away from your fresh produce.
- Cool off your leftovers before putting them in the fridge. Adding hot foods to your refrigerator will cause it to work in overdrive, using more energy and costing you more money.
- Clean the condenser coils. The condenser coils on the back of your fridge can get covered in dust and this will reduce heat transfer, causing your fridge to work harder, which uses more electricity to keep the inside cool. Clean these coils once a year or every 2 years with a vacuum, or with an ozone-friendly canister for cleaning keyboards.
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