Energy Savings Tip #2 – Set your refrigerator & freezer at the proper temperature.

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Setting your refrigerator & freezer too cold can cost you money. Set them too warm and your food spoils. It’s a balancing act.

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The temperature control switch can be located in several places, it is typically found in upper back part of the refrigerator and freezer. On many newer appliances it is controlled digitally on the front panel.

You can buy an inexpensive thermometer to verify the temperature is correct.

Bonus tip: Want to get your beverage cold quickly? The refrigerator or freezer is not the quickest way to do it. Here is how long it takes to bring a beverage from room temperature to about 35 degrees.

Ice + water + salt in a cooler: 5 minutes
Ice + water in a cooler: 15 minutes
Freezer: 25 minutes
Ice in a cooler: 30 minutes
Fridge: 40+ minutes
(Data courtesy of MythBusters)

Bonus tip:  Make sure you wash your hands after spraying mosquito repellent. Did you know that mosquito repellent removes permanent marker? Guess what else it removes? It removes the printed button labels on refrigerators and other electronics. Notice how the button on the far left in the photo has no label.

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