Money Saving Refridgerator Tips

Your refrigerator is easily the most used appliance in your home but all fridges are not created equal! Choosing the right refrigerator as well as learning money saving tips can help you have more economical food storage.

Your refrigerator is easily the most used appliance in your home! It can often be the appliance most often taken for granted as well. All it takes is a short time without electricity or a broken fridge to quickly remind us of just how important the refrigerator has become in today's lifestyle.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FRIDGE

All fridges are not created equal! Not only does the appliance need to fit in the amount of kitchen space you have available, it needs to be able to hold sufficient food and beverages to meet your current needs.

Refrigerators are categorized by cubic foot, which is the amount of space you have to store your food. The sizes of refrigerators start at 9 cubic feet up to 30 cubic feet. Generally 2 people need about 10 cubic feet of storage space and you can add a cubic foot per additional household member. You will want to purchase the largest cubic feet you can afford and have kitchen space for.

Bottom-freezer units put the fresh food at eye level, and the freezer below for those who don't use it frequently.

Side-by-side refrigerators have the greatest storing capacity overall and offer the largest freezers but do cost more than other models. Still it remains the most popular model choice and offers tremendous storage versatility. Side by side handles are ideal for using locking devices if you have young children.

In my experience almost all side-by-side refrigerators also include water in the door feature. If you are concerned about small children playing with this option there is generally a hidden switch to shut off the water above the waterspout. If you have hard water in your area you may need to check into a filter to prevent the ice machine or water line from clogging with the mineral buildup.

If a water and ice dispenser in the door is important to you a side-by-side refrigerator style is generally your only option. Icemakers on the other hand are easily available and can be installed in your existing freezer fairly inexpensively.

If you are looking to match your refrigerator to existing appliance be aware that many manufacturers offer door panels or trim kits you can purchase. Most appliance stores list the price for the displayed appliance in white. You can still purchase a fridge in a wide variety of colors like almond, biscuit, black, stainless steel, white, and wood but generally any color other than white will cost you a little more money.

Easy to clean glass shelves are a good feature to have in a fridge, and will cut down on cleaning time as well as make food items easier to locate. When choosing a fridge your shelving material is wire, plastic, glass, or a combination of one or all of those materials.



Glass shelving is often considered advantageous over wire shelves so that spills will be contained to one area. Manufacturers call these shelves "spill-proof" or sometimes "spill-guard" shelves and they often include a plastic edge on the shelf to maintain spilled liquids. Choose slide out shelves when possible and check that door side shelving is molded out of one piece for stronger durability. A well-lit interior can also be a good benefit when locating items in the back of the fridge or freezer.

See-through vegetable crispers and meat drawers help with food organization and do help you find specific foods faster. Most are also climate controlled keeping produce fresh for a longer period of time by providing a high humidity environment for vegetables and low humidity housing for fruits.

ENERGY SAVINGS

If energy savings is important to you manufacturers in the United States provide an estimated dollar amount of how much each particular appliance will use per year. It is printed on a yellow sticker either on the outside or inside of the refrigerator door.

In general newer model refrigerators use less electricity and are far better insulated than they were 10 years ago including more efficient compressors and motors. Replacing an older refrigerator is a good step to increasing your homes energy savings. You can also locate the fridge away from heat sources like the range, water heater or furnace to save energy.

It is also recommended that you clean the heating coils at least twice a year and keep the space under the fridge clean from debris. Many vacuums come with a hose attachment perfect for this household cleaning job.

LONGER FOOD PRESERVATION

Refrigerators have one task, to preserve foods but there are additional measures consumers can take to increase the storage of many foods.

Refrigerated bread does not get moldy but it will become stale very quickly due to the molecular changes in the starch. By freezing leftover bread it will inhibit mold and keep the starch from settling. The bread can then be thawed at room temperature or in a microwave.

Ice cream will also last longer and maintain freshness if you place a piece of aluminum foil or plastic wrap against the surface of the dessert. This prevents ice crystals from forming.

Eggs may or may not be fresh according to the expiration date. To determine if your eggs are fresh place then in a pan of cold water. If it lies on its side its fresh. If it tilts it is about 3 or 4 days old. If it floats to the top of the pan it should not be used!

REFRIDGERATOR ODORS

Ice attracts and absorbs odors as air moves from the refrigerator to the attached freezer. This is a particular problem in new non-frost refrigerators. The problem can be minimized by making sure that all foods are sealed in airtight plastic containers or wrapped well before putting them in the fridge or freezer. Even so, you may want discard unused ice cubes weekly to reduce odor buildup. However, the old fashioned idea of keeping an open box of baking soda is still a good remedy to help with odors as well.

These tips and information should help you in your search for the best refrigerator for your needs.

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