The refrigerator holds the greatest potential for you to reduce your energy use in the kitchen. Here’s how you can do it!
- Always check the energy rating and purchase an energy-efficient model
Keep your cool about temperatures
- Ensure your fridge and freezer are not too cold
Help your fridge do its job
- Place your fridge and freezer in a cool spot, out of direct sunlight
- Keep the fridge door closed as much as possible
Keep your fridge well maintained
- Check the fridge seal regularly to make sure it’s well maintained
- Make sure there’s a gap of at least 80 mm at the back of the fridge for ventilation
What about when I’m cooking?
- Match your pot size to your stove element
- Simmer food with the pot lid on, which can reduce energy in cooking by up to 70%
- Turn off the hotplate early and use the residual heat to allow the food to finish cooking
- Steam vegetables, preferably in a microwave
- Check the seals on your oven door to make sure you aren’t losing heat from the sides
QUICK TEST: Test the fridge seal by opening the door, placing a piece of paper between the fridge and the door, and shut it. If the paper doesn’t move easily, it’s a good seal!
Fridges should be between 3 – 5 degrees, and freezers between -15 and -18 degrees. Every extra degree colder uses 5% more energy.