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The refrigerator, how to use it to save money (and which model to buy with lower consumption)

High bills put families and businesses in crisis. To contain costs, pending further government actions and decisions in Europe, the only possibility for citizens is to reduce consumption or at least manage it. For this reason, in the field of large household appliances, there is an interest in buying new models with lower consumption only for those devices that have a significant impact on costs. For refrigerators, which represent the highest consumption on the bill, even for the fact that they remain operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there is a monthly average of over 560 thousand visits.

Bills, how to save with refrigerators

Estimated, taken into account to double the energy supply costs projected by Arera, saves 77 euros per year using a C-class refrigerator compared to an E-class. Even by purchasing a new low-consumption appliance, such as ovens, dishwashers, washers and dryers, the research does not show Big changes compared to previous years.

Consumption

On average, we read about the ideal, it is estimated that a device with a power of 100-300 watts generates a consumption of about 100-240 watts per hour. While the daily consumption of the refrigerator ranges between 1 and 2 kilowatts. However, various factors affect these values, such as the life of the device and above all its power class. To understand the actual annual consumption on your bill, simply multiply this number by the electricity cost set by your supplier.

How to use it

For good efficiency while reducing consumption, it is important to check the temperature setting: the ideal is 6 degrees and does not drop below 3 degrees. It shouldn’t be too full and hot food shouldn’t be put inside. At the same time, the refrigerator consumes more when it is empty than when it is full. When it is full, it maintains the temperature better. When food is placed in a full refrigerator, it takes more time and energy to cool down, but once it reaches temperature, it can be preserved more easily due to its thermal inertia.

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