refrigerator issues

@lil_toni (206)
June 22, 2012 2:36pm CST
gud morning mylotters!!..I just want to ask if its ok to unplug the refrigerator at night and plug it the next morning?...I want to know if it damages the refrigerator or not.It really consumes a lot of energy.What i do sometimes at night is that, when i use the computer, I usually unplug the fridge to consume less energy. I hope you can help me with this one. Thank you in advance...
10 responses
• Canada
23 Jun 12
Hi lil_toni!! I have been working in the power services industry now for about 10 years. It may surprise you to know that your refrigerator does not use as much power as most people think. On average, a fridge will use approx 100 kwh per month. That is for fridges that are not energy star compliant but have been purchased in the last 10 years. Most of our computers will use double that in a month. If you use a laptop, ensure that you are only charging it when needed. Do not leave them plugged in. This, first of all, destroys the life of the battery by over 50 percent of its life span and also uses more power than needed when plugged in the wall. Just plug in to charge it then unplug when full, then only plug in again when needed. Now when I mean unplug, I mean directly from the wall. The black box thing on the the charging unit will continue to request power when there is nothing plugged in. Next, if your freezer has your food frozen completely solid, turn it down. Most freezers will only have to be on the middle setting to ensure a good freezing. Same for the fridge settings. Follow these few tips I have given you and you can be assured you will reduce your power bill by 5-25 percent the first month. Also, while on your comp at night, ask yourself why is the light in the kitchen(living room, hallway) on? You would be surprised how much power we as consumers waste on a daily basis!!
• United States
23 Jun 12
I will need to invest in a new battery. when I got this one from ebay the battery was done.. I could only use the computer with this pluged in all day. But tonight I will unplug it from the wall. thanks.
@lil_toni (206)
10 Jul 12
Thanks! You really are a pro when it comes to these kinds of stuff. Well, i tried to turn down the temp. control in the freezer but it seems that its already hard to manipulate. It got stuck because of the ice. Thanks again for the advice you gave me.
• Canada
11 Jul 12
giftsandbagscom, I am glad you are getting a new battery and ensure you follow the tips above, you will will be surprised at how much longer you will get out of this battery life. lil_toni, with regards to getting stuck, use a blow dryer directly where the dial is located to melt the build up of ice. Then once you are able to manipulate it, turn to the halfway mark and see if that helps. I hope you get it worked out soon. Also, did you get your new power bill yet? Just curious if any of the advice I provided has helped to reduce your bills. Good LUCK!
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
22 Jun 12
I'd recommend that you look up the importance of refrigeration and food hygiene online for background info on this..a fridge is designed to keep food cool at a constant temperature.While they're supposed to be able to hold the temperature low for a while when the motor isn't running,if you're turning it off completely overnight,the machine isn't doing its job,your food (and your health!) could be at risk if you would ever forget to turn it back on again,and you may be making it work harder when you do,outweighing any possible savings you might possibly make..If it's that much of an energy hog,maybe it's time to consider one with a lower energy rating?
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
22 Jun 12
I should add,if energy saving is important to you,don't leave the computer or TV on standby,turn them and other appliances off at the wall or unplug them.and if you still have filament light bulbs,get some of the new low energy ones to replace them.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
23 Jun 12
You could also check the power consumption of all the plug in stuff in your home too,to see how much juice they use over a given time..plug in power usage monitors are now available to work out which items should be watched over when in use,and unplugged again right away afterwards! most appliances have a manufacturer's electrical usage info sticker or badge to let you calculate what you'll be paying when the bill arrives..
@lil_toni (206)
10 Jul 12
Wow!.. That's a lot of tips, and i thank you for sharing that to me. You also have a point, and i did not look for other ways to help cut down our electric bill. I only concentrate with our fridge, on how to consume less energy. That's because with all the appliances we have, this one consumes a lot of energy and its different with other appliances like tv or computer, you turn it off if its not in use and turn it on again if you want to use it. Thanks again for sharing!!
• United States
22 Jun 12
I don't know if it does anything to the refrigerator but, that's awful for your food you shouldn't have food like that not cool over 2 to 3 hrs.
@lil_toni (206)
22 Jun 12
Yes, you are also right! I also thought about that, but meat foods are kept inside the freezer so it won't get spoiled that easily. And it's really as hard as a rock. I also make it a point to plug the fridge immediately after using the computer. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
• United States
22 Jun 12
yeah, but you still have things that can go bad like milk and dairy products. Your welcome
@bird123 (10479)
• United States
23 Jun 12
Well, you probably aren't saving enough to make it worth all the trouble. Further, they like to be cycled through the thermostat rather than the plug in so it probably isn't good over the long haul. There are things you can do instead like keep the fridge full. A full fridge uses less power. Remember to keep your condensing fins clean. Dirty fins will make power usage go way up. If you are buying a new fridge, consider a frost fridge instead of the frost free type. There is a big power usage difference. Of course, with the frosted one, you will have to defrost it yourself from time to time. Finally, there is my favorite. Keep the fridge door closed. That not only saves on power but saves on food too. OK! OK!
• Philippines
23 Jun 12
I use our ref about eight hours a day and thats through the night time it apparently is okay and works for me, you have to have a bit of savvy and only plan to keep perishables for up three days max my saving overall compared to previous electric bills is fifteen per cent which is money worth having, now its up to you should you want to try and good luck.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
22 Jun 12
Not only is it a bad idea from the standpoint of keeping your food fresh and safe, but it actually uses more electricity, energy, than if you leave it plugged in and on. It takes more energy for it to recover to the right temperature than it takes for it to maintain the temperature once it is there. Also, it is probably bad for the refrigerator to have to keep running more to get to the right temperature because it means more cycling of the cooling elements and motors and all that type of stuff.
@lil_toni (206)
10 Jul 12
Yes, that's true. Someone just told me that recently and i almost forgot it. Good thing she reminded me about that. Thanks a lot for sharing!! I will also not forget that.
• Brazil
22 Jun 12
I don't think it is a good idea. Your food needs to be cool or you will lose it and the money to buy it back is greater than your economy to unplug the fridge. I think that the ideal is to buy a new fridge, that will consumes less energy and try to invest in other ideas to decrease your energy consume. For example, you could spend less time in the shower or something like that. I believe that there are better ideas to save energy. Happy mylotting.
@lil_toni (206)
23 Jun 12
Yes, you also have a point there. But our fridge is new and the reason why it consumes a lot of energy is because you don't need to defrost it. Yes, I will also try to do other ideas. Thanks for sharing!
@Mashnn (4503)
10 Jul 12
You can only do that if you do not have anything on your refrigerator. Food and drinks need to be stored in a certain degree of temperature or else they will get spoilt or micro-organism will start growing.
@csabiCZ (194)
• Romania
23 Jun 12
I don't think it's a good to unplug the fridge during the night.The food in the freezer remains cool but in the fridge slowly reaches room temperature and the food can become depraved and you can get become ill if you eat it.In most cases won't happen anything really bad,maybe you get a diarrhea but still.But in the worst case you end up on the hospital and in that case it didn't worth it.Your health worth more than everything. Besides , I don't think that you save that significant amount of energy by unplugging the fridge and also it isn't good for the refrigerator too to be turned on and off.
• Bulgaria
23 Jun 12
its not good to unplug the refrigerator so often not only for the fridge itself but for the food in it too. if you want the ref. to consume less energy isn't it better to just buy a now one.
• United States
23 Jun 12
We neighbors did this when I lived in miami. It was what so many people did when we had our a.c on. forgot all about it. I would make sure the freezer and fridge stayed closed all the time. the food was still cold and so was the freezer. even if you want to do it for a few house it will be fine. Think about this when the hurricane hit us we had no lights. but,we had food to cook everynight on the grill because the food was in the freezer still cold.