Weatherization Tips of the Month for August

Refrigerator

Decide what you want from the refirgerator before you open the door.
Every second the door is open, cool air is escaping.
Cover and wrap food.
Uncovered foods and liquids release moisture, which makes the fridge work harder.

Check the temperature.
You are losing money if your fridge is lower than 37°.  The freezer should be between 0° and 5°.  To check the temperature, put a thermometer in a glass of water in the center of the refrigerator and another thermometer in a glass of cooking oil between packages in the freezer.  Read them after 24 hours.

Defrost manual-defrost refrigerators.
Frost makes these models less efficient and spoils food.

Check the door seals.
Close the refrigerator door on a piece of paper that is half in and half out of the refrigerator.  If you can remove the paper easily without opening the door, you need to adjust the door latch or replace the seals.

Unplug your second, older refrigerator!
It can cost between $100 and $200 a year to keep a second fridge plugged in.  Always remove the door when you unplug and unused fridge so that children cannot accidentally be caught inside.

Buying a new refrigerator? Get an ENERGY STAR-qualified model.
A new ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerator uses 40% less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001.