The refrigerator

If you need to buy a new refrigerator, buy one of energy class A+ or A++. Also make sure that it offers the capacity you need. The positioning of the refrigerator is very important: a refrigerator that is poorly positioned may consume 15% more energy. - Place your refrigerator far from sources of heat in the kitchen or elsewhere. - It is also important to favour the ventilation of the rear part of the refrigerator, setting it about 5 cm from the wall. Likewise, the rear part of the refrigerator should be kept clean. To assure this, it should be cleaned at least once a year. Inspect the door seals, making sure that they fit tightly and do not let out the cold. The ideal temperature of a refrigerator is between 3 and 5 ºC. The best temperature for a freezer is ? 18 ºC. Lower temperatures than these increase energy consumption. If ice forms inside the refrigerator, be sure to defrost it before the ice layer is thicker than 3 mm. Don?t put hot things inside the refrigerator! When you are going to take food out of the freezer to consume it the next day, thaw it inside and not outside the refrigerator. In this way you will obtain extra cooling free of charge. Open the refrigerator door as seldom as possible and when you do open it, close it again quickly to avoid cooling losses. Call the City Council on telephone 010 to dispose of an old refrigerator. The refrigerator?s coolant gases (CFC, HCFC or HFC) harm the earth?s ozone layer and increase the greenhouse effect.

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