- Keep your refrigerator temperature between 36ºF and 40ºF and your freezer between zero and 5ºF. A lower setting can increase energy use.
- Use the power saver switch found on many five- to ten year-old refrigerators, unless the humidity is high.
- Purchase an ENERGY STAR rated refrigerator and apply for a rebate from Anaheim Public Utilities.
- Refrigerators operate most efficiently when they are full, but not overloaded. Over-packing the freezer can prevent cold air from circulating properly.
- Clean the dirty coils on the back or bottom front of your refrigerator to improve efficiency. Check your owners manual for maintenance instructions.
- Refrigerators at least 10 years old use much more electricity than newer models do. Though a new model will cost you money up front, it will save a great deal of money in the long run because of its increased efficiency.
- Leave enough space between the refrigerator and the walls. Trapped heat increases energy consumption because the air cannot circulate.
- If you are thinking about buying a new refrigerator, check the annual energy cost on the Energy Guide Label. Side-by-side refrigerators use approximately 7 to 13 percent more energy than similarly sized models with the freezer on top.
- When going on a vacation of three days or more, set temperatures higher if control is possible.
- Get rid of any older, second refrigerator. It costs you up to $120 a year to operate.