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Adjusting your fridge & freezer’s temperature

Food fridges in offices and at home should be set to around 5°C. Make sure the fridge is running efficiently and isn’t overstocked. 

Myth: Keeping the fridge at a lower temperature setting will save energy because it will not have to switch on and off so much.

Reality: All fridges will use more electricity to achieve lower temperature settings. Fridges can safely store food at temperatures around 5°C. If your fridge temperature is too low, increase this to save energy and money.

Objective/ Goal

  • Decrease unnecessary electricity consumption: After heating and cooling, refrigerators are the largest contributors to your electric bill. This one time change in the settings can dramatically help you reduce your consumption

How/ Instructions

  • Use the most efficient temperature settings by setting your freezer at -18°C and your fridge between 2°C and 5°C.
  • Leave space around the back of your fridge or freezer for air to circulate.
  • Make sure the back of your fridge is ventilated and dust free. Vacuuming this dust off 2-3 times per year can reduce energy consumption by up to 6%.

The average running cost for a fridge is £23.50 for the year, which is one of the highest for appliances in the home.

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