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    Don't lose your cool!

    Inside Refrigerator

    1. Stay in the shade. Keep your refrigerator away from direct sunlight and other heat sources, including your dishwasher, stove and vents, to keep your compressor from working overtime.
    2. Check your circulation. Refrigerators need plenty of air flowing around the unit in order to help conserve energy and keep the food inside cold.
    3. Clean your coils. Dust-covered condenser coils can’t work efficiently. Vacuum them at least once a year to decrease energy use and increase the life of your refrigerator.
    4. Check your seals. Door gaskets keep cool air inside your refrigerator – but not if they don’t seal tightly. Test yours by placing a dollar bill against the frame and close the door. If the bill comes out with a gentle tug or if it drops out on its own, it’s time to replace your gaskets.
    5. Find your ideal temperature. Aim to keep your refrigerator between 36-38 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer between 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit. Lowering temperatures by 10 degrees Fahrenheit can increase energy use by as much as 25 percent.
    6. Defrost your freezer. Letting frost build up more than ¼ inch in your freezer makes the unit work harder.

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