23 May '11, 10am
How to help your refrigerator save energy and cut down on running costs: Clean its cooling coils
BENEATH your refrigerator, that is. Have you overlooked the coils located at the bottom of the machine? The more caked with dust the coils are, the more energy it takes to cool your fridge. Cleaning the coils helps the refrigerator save energy, keeping it operating more efficiently and running for a longer time. For most models, the coils are found in the kickplate, the panel near the floor. After switching off the power, snap the kickplate off and, voila, the state of your coils is plain to see. Use a refrigerator coil cleaning brush (available at hardware stores) or the crevice tool of your vacuum machine to get rid of the dust thoroughly. Once you're done, replace the cover and plug the fridge right in. Repeat this in a year's time.