Kitchen appliances are one of the biggest consumers of energy in the house, especially the fridge and freezer. Savings expert at discounts platform Deal.Town, Sam Whillance, explained how Britons can save money while using these.
Sam started by saying that “stocking up your freezer can save money in several ways” as keeping it full and compact reduces energy consumption.
He claimed that keeping the freezer full can make it work more efficiently and keep bills down so it is essential people fill up their freezer, and no food is required for this.
He explained: “Most of the energy your freezer uses goes towards cooling down the air that comes in when you open the freezer door.
“So, when your freezer is full, there is less room for warmer air to come in, and the items that are in there will help to cool down any warmer air that does sneak in.”
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The expert said people don’t necessarily need to buy extra food to keep their freezers full but they can use other items, such as ice blocks or bags with water.
He said: “If you do not have enough food inside the freezer to keep it full, using things such as ziplock bags filled with water, ice blocks or even just bags of ice can help prevent warmer air from entering. These items are cheap and effective.”
Sam continued: “Foods you stock up your freezer with can help lower the costs of running it. By organising your freezer space, using more frozen products, and freezing leftover fresh food where possible, we can reduce our food waste and save money.
“Essentially, keeping it full and compact means less energy will be used – reducing your bills,” he said.
Sam also added that purchasing freezer foods in bulk “can be cheaper than buying fresh produce, which can also go to waste a lot quicker”.
The saving expert recommended “trying to put any foods you know you won’t use for a while at the back of the freezer” so you don’t need to keep rearranging it to get the food out.
Finally, he advised people to unclutter the fridge, “especially near the ventilating outlets as keeping space at the top and sides of your fridge helps the cool air move around easier”.
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“Try organising your goods so you can still pack just as much in, while keeping track of everything you’ve got. Any bulky foods can be repacked into reusable freezer bags – try squeezing the air out and sealing,” he explained.
Chris Beasley, from the home insurance company Smart Cover, revealed the best spot for each product and shared the reason why milk should never be kept in the fridge door.
All fridges have warmer and colder sections because different foods actually store better at different temperatures. This is key to making them last longer and saving money.
He explained: “Meat and fish produce needs to be kept cold so you want it to be stored in the chilliest section of your fridge. You can use a thermometer to check this.
“Most people will find the coldest area is in the back of the fridge because when you open the door the warmer air hits the front first. Fruit and veg should be stored in their dedicated compartments because this part of the fridge isn’t as dry as the rest, meaning it should keep everything fresher for longer.”
He continued: “Door compartments are actually warmer than the rest of the fridge. If you find your milk isn’t lasting very long, try storing it in the main storage area instead.
“Condiments and sauces tend to have a longer shelf life and don’t need to be stored at a specific temperature in the fridge, so they will usually last okay in the door or on the top shelf.
“The same goes for bottled drinks. It makes them easier to store and more convenient to reach if they are in the door, too.”