When the weather gets cold, take advantage of the situation. Free up space in your refrigerator by storing your canned goods and sodas in an unheated garage or outside a backdoor.
If a freezer or refrigerator is prone to condinsation on the outside, protect the outer surface by rubbing it with silicone polish applied with a soft cloth.
After defrosting a freezer, wipe the interior with glycerin. Next time you defrost it, the ice will be easier to remove, eliminating he need for scraping.
A full refrigerator uses less energy to operate than an empty one.
Cover a scratch on a refrigerator or freezer door with enamel paint. First, clean with detergent and wipe dry with a clean cloth. Test the color on an unseen area, and retouch with a fine brush.
Refrigerators with the freezer on top are more efficient than those with freezers on the side.
To avoid rasing the temperature of a freezer, freeze no more than one-tenth of the appliance's capacity of food at one time. Also, be sure to cool foods brefore storing in the freezer. To cool hot food quickly, sit the base of the container in a sink half-filled with cold water.
Look for a refrigerator with automatic moisture control. Models with this feature have been engineered to prevent moisture accumulation on the cabinet exterior without the addition of a heater. This is not the same thing as an "anti-sweat" heater. Models with an anti-sweat heater will consume 5% to 10% more energy than models without this feature.
You know that old freezer "Uncle Harry" gave you to use in the basement so you could save money by storing on-sale food items? Well, it costs more to run that freezer for a year than you'll ever see in returns on food savings. If you're looking to save energy, and money, it makes more sense to have only one, well running, efficient refrigerator/freezer.
Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section. If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.