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Go green to save money on your fridge bills

If you’re running a business, you’re likely to always be looking for ways to keep your costs down. By buying an environmentally-friendly fridge for your professional kitchen, you can benefit from ‘greener’ business credentials, cut your carbon footprint and save money too on your electricity costs. We look at some of the easiest ways to enjoy these efficiencies.

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It’s important to get this right, because research by Which shows that refrigerators and freezers are two of the appliances that guzzle the most electricity in our businesses and homes; representing around 20pc of all energy needed. Happily, new technology means that the latest models are increasingly energy efficient and this makes purchasing much easier. If you buy a modern fridge freezer now, it will typically use only half of the energy that a model build in 1990 would use.

Check out the energy label

Look at the EU energy label system when you review commercial fridge freezers for a guide. The most efficient models are rated A+++ and the least come in at D. New ones on the market are obliged to have an energy rating of at least A+. You’ll find plenty of information about this system online.

Look at feature and size

Naturally, a larger appliance will need more electricity to run, so it’s worth buying the right sized model for your needs. Speak to our helpful team at Fridge Freezer Direct for more guidance on what’s right for your business needs. For domestic purposes, a 250 litre fridge freezer tends to be sufficient for a typical family of four. Additional features will determine how much energy your appliance will need. For example, No-Frost freezers don’t need to be manually defrosted and can perform efficiently over time, saving money.

Consider the location

It’s best not to locate your fridge freezer close to a radiator, a cooker or in direct sunlight. Doing this will only make it need to work harder to maintain a cool temperature. However, naturally cold places, such as a garage or outbuilding in winter also isn’t good, as the surrounding temperature will make the appliance think that it doesn’t need to be on, and you could find your freezer contents defrosting. Whichever location you pick, do make sure the appliance has plenty of room for air to circulate freely around the back, unless it is a model that can handle a flush location.

Check for gaps

Make sure there are no gaps in the door seals that will allow warm air to enter the unit. An easy way to test this is to put a piece of paper into the door and see if you can remove it easily when the door is shut. If you can, the seals aren’t working well enough and your appliance will be over-working. Get the seals replaced to fix the problem.

Other daily tips

Make sure you regularly clean out any dirt and dust that accumulates at the back of the appliance, because this will lead to higher energy costs as it is forced to work harder. Also, avoid over-filling the fridge – but keep your freezer well stocked for both appliances to be their happiest!

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