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5 Ways to Celebrate National Clean Your Fridge Day

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Your fridge works hard. It consumes more energy than most of your home appliances, running 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. All that energy consumption means more dollars spent towards your energy bill. It’s time you do some work for your fridge in return – but it doesn’t have to be hard!

As National Clean Out Your Fridge Day approaches, take the first steps toward working for your refrigerator. By routinely cleaning out your fridge and following these tips, you could improve its efficiency, save money on your energy bill and make room for all those upcoming holiday leftovers!

1. Deep Clean

The first step can be the hardest. Start by removing everything from your refrigerator. Dispose of the expired and unwanted food and condiments. Give the interior of your fridge an extensive deep cleaning, wiping down all its surfaces. Consider using a natural cleanser of hot water, vinegar and lemon instead of a chemical cleanser.

2. Organize

There’s a science behind organizing your fridge for maximum efficiency. The warmest part of the fridge is the door, which is best for condiments and juices. Dairy and raw meat should be stored in the lower shelves, the coldest part of the fridge. The top shelves are moderately cool, reserved for prepared foods and leftovers. Produce is best stored in the drawers.

3. Check the Temperature

Most refrigerators have a built-in thermometer, but if yours does not, you can purchase an inexpensive one to monitor the temperature. Your fridge operates most efficiently at 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and your freezer at 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Cool Your Leftovers

Let your leftovers cool off to room temperature before packing them up and placing them in the fridge. By giving them time to cool, you are limiting the amount of heat added to your refrigerator. This reduces the amount of energy your fridge must use to cool itself down.

5. Pack Your Freezer

This tip is not as well-known as the others. Your freezer runs more efficiently when it’s full, since it does not have to work as hard to keep your food frozen. If you don’t keep a lot of food in your freezer, pack it with frozen water jugs to keep the temperature down and help cool off the other items.

By: Morgan Fite

Morgan Fite is a marketing coordinator at Ameris Bank. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she enjoys cheering on the Atlanta Braves and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.