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Dulley's Money-Saving Tip #1124

Organize refrigerator/freezer

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Your refrigerator/freezer is one of the major electricity consumers in the typical home. Over one half of the electricity is used to recool the air that is lost and to remove moisture when the door is opened. The longer the door is held open, the greater the electricity usage. Moisture in the room air that enters, condenses on the cooling coils. This condensation process requires addition cooling making the compressorrun longer.

It is important to have some general organization inside your refrigerator. Instruct your family to keep certain frequently-used foods and drinks in particular areas inside the refrigerator. You will be able to find foods faster, so the door will not be held open as long. Also, with better organization, foods will not get "lost" in there and spoil before your find them again.


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