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Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Here’s Why You Should Regularly Dust Your Fridge

why you should dust your fridge

Did you know that you should regularly dust your fridge? Specifically the coils at the back. Doing so could help save you money!

I’m back with another of my simple tips to save energy! This time let’s talk about why you should be dusting your fridge regularly.

Why You Should Dust Your Fridge

why you should dust your fridge

Now you may be wondering why dusting will save you energy.  Well, dust tends to gather on the condenser coils at the back of your fridge.   Because it’s difficult to get to the coils without pulling the fridge out from the wall most people don’t bother dusting there.  Yet when dust gathers on the condenser coils, it means your fridge has to work a lot harder.  

A harder working fridge means more energy is being consumed by it to do its job, so this, in turn, results in bigger electricity bills for you.  And it can shorten the life of your fridge, so you may have to fork out for a new fridge much earlier than if you’d been a bit more vigilant with the feather duster.  You’re with me now, aren’t you?!

How Often Should You Dust?

The good news is you don’t have to dust your fridge every day, let alone every week. A good dusting once every three months will suffice.  If you’ve got pets, particularly hairy ones like dogs or cats, then you might want to up the frequency and dust it once a month.  

All you need to do is pull out your fridge from the wall, switch it off, and give it a good once over with the duster or a dustpan brush if you haven’t dusted there before.  Don’t use any water or chemicals, like furniture polish: good old-fashioned elbow grease will suffice.  Alternatively, you can use your hoover attachment to clean it whilst you’re hoovering your kitchen.  Remember to switch your fridge back on once you’re done (a mistake you only make once!).

If you’ve got an older fridge, and the coils are underneath the fridge, then I’m afraid this doesn’t make you exempt. Dust still gathers there. and it needs dusting just the same.  To access the coils first switch off your fridge, and then you’ll need to remove the grill located at the bottom of the front of your fridge to get your duster in there.  You may also find a small clean paintbrush useful to get a bit further into dust.

How Much Can I Save?

According to Friends of the Earth, apparently keeping your fridge’s coils clean can improve your fridge’s efficiency by up to a whopping 30%. This is a lot of energy and a lot of money in your pocket for a little dusting here and there, and hugely beneficial to the environment too.

Now, let’s get dusting!

And after you’ve dusted, you can check out the rest of my easy energy-saving tips here in the archives. And if you enjoyed this post then you might enjoy Tip #1 – Using a Lid, and Tip #2 – Turning Down the Heat.

Energy Saving, Home and Garden

What Temperature Should A Boiler Be Set At?

what temperature should you set your boiler

If you’ve asked yourself what temperature a boiler should be set at, then you’ve come to the right place, as I have pondered this very question and have the answer.

Last week I shared with you my first really easy and quick way to save energy, to help save you both money and the environment.  As I do love a good win-win, I’m back again today, as promised, with my second tip.

This time, let’s look at how you can save energy with your boiler, through setting it at the right temperature.

What Temperature Should A Boiler Be Set At?

What temperature should a boiler be set at?

The average boiler hot water thermostat in the UK is set to 65ºC. This is very inefficient and a waste of energy and money. At this temperature, you have to cool the water that you’ve spent money heating with cold water to be able to use it. It’s also completely inefficient as heat loss from your boiler/hot water cylinder is also increased.

I’d recommend checking your boiler or even just having a think about how hot your hot water taps are.  Do you find you have to add cold water when you’re washing your hands to bring it to a comfortable level?  Then your boiler temperature is probably set too high.  At 60ºC water is still sufficiently hot for almost all domestic uses. So go and turn it down to 60ºC (but not before you’ve read the safety advice below).  

It’ll take less than a minute to do and you’ll have a nice warm glow. Your boiler won’t have to work as hard, prolonging its life. You’ll also save both the environment and money. It’s estimated that you’ll save around £30 a year if you turn your boiler temperature down from 65ºC to 60ºC. This is a healthy amount to save for very little work.

An Important Word of Warning

Don’t turn your boiler temperature too low. This is because at low temperatures the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires’ Disease, a potentially fatal lung infection spread through the inhalation of water bourne particles, can thrive and multiply.  

According to the Health & Safety Executive, the legionella bacteria (which cause the disease) require a temperature of between 20-45ºC to grow. The bacteria do not survive at tempertures above 60°C. Therefore, by setting your boiler temperature to 60ºC you’re well out of danger.

What About The Radiator Temperature On The Boiler?

For combi boilers, it’s recommended that you set the radiator output temperature on your boiler at 75°C. This is the optimum temperature for your boiler to heat your home quickly and efficiently.

What About The Room Temperature?

The optimum room temperature is around 18 to 21°C. This temperature range is the most comfortable and healthy for day-to-day living. Here are some tips on how to set the timer on your boiler if you need some advice.

So there you go: turning down the temperature on your boiler a few degrees will save you a pretty penny, and the environment. And you’ll also reduce the risk of scalding from your bathroom or kitchen taps. This makes this tip a triple win!

I’ve got more easy energy-saving tips right here in my archive if you are looking for more energy-saving inspiration.