Save energy on refrigeration by keeping your fridge at least half to three-quarters full: solid and liquid foodstuffs retain cold better than air does.
If you’re low on groceries, simply fill some icetrays, bottles or tupperware with water and use them as cold-keepers.
You can pack the freezer compartment quite tightly, but don’t overstuff the cooling section; air still needs to circulate.
If you aren’t using the space optimally, and you regularly find you have just a few lonely items on the racks, consider swopping your fridge for a smaller, less energy-hungry model.
- EnviroHealth Editor, Health24, August 2011
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