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Keep your energy usage low by running your fridge at maximum efficiency. For starters, set your temperature to the recommended setting of 37°F for the fridge and 0°F for the freezer—any colder and you're just wasting power. Your fridge should be about three-quarters full—it takes less power to keep a full fridge cold, but you need to allow enough room for air to circulate. Clean the coils on the back of the fridge several times each year—and resist the temptation to store things up top as these items can prevent hot air from escaping and cause your unit to work overtime.
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