When we recommend this product
Fridges are the biggest user of electricity in the home beside your hot water and heating and cooling systems. An average 500 litre fridge will cost you approx $45 a quarter to run, older inefficient fridges could be costing you a lot more. The performance of older fridges can be inproved by replacing the seals and re-gassing the compressor. It is worth investigating this option before upgrading to save on resources and old fridges going to landfill.
If the fridge or freezer you are replacing is never full ask yourself could you get by with a smaller fridge? Once you have decided on what size fridge you need the next choice is which model. It's important to buy a fridge with the highest star rating possible, be aware that the star ratings have recently changed with most 5 star fridges of old are now only 2.5 stars. Also on the star rating label is the kWh rating telling you how much energy a fridge will use over a year. If it is says 364 kWh then it will use one kWh a day, the higher the kWh rating the more it will cost to run.
Remember the larger the capacity of the fridge the higher running costs, a 3 star 250l fridge will use a lot less energy than a 3 star 500l fridge.
How to get the most from this product
Fridges run at their most efficient when they are full, as fridges work by cooling the air inside the fridge. Therefore the more products inside the fridge the less it has to work keeping everything cool. Where you position your new fridge is important with fridges working best in a cool well ventilated area.
If your fridge is housed in a cabinet make sure there is sufficient space around your fridge for ventilation as otherwise the hot air will build up in the cabinet and cause your fridge to work harder reducing its life and increasing your energy bills. Always refer to the manufactures specifications for these required dimensions. Don't position your fridge near heat sources, this includes in direct sunlight or next to your cooker as this will make your fridge work harder. When switching your fridge on make sure is working in the correct temperature zones, i.e. 3 to 5 degrees for the fridge and -15 t -18 degrees for the freezer.
Check www.energyrating.gov.au for appliances star rating and running costs.
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