The refrigerator holds the greatest potential for you to reduce your energy use in the kitchen. Here’s how you can do it!

Buy wisely

  • 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.