It’s time to go on vacation, to leave home for a few days in the summer or any time of the year to enjoy a long weekend and get away from it all. In addition to packing your suitcase and leaving the surveillance equipment ready, there is a device that you should pay special attention to.
It’s the refrigerator, a device with more and more technology that is usually turned on around the clock and now while we are away it will probably have to keep doing its job if we don’t want to waste the food we keep there. How to prepare these days of absence?
If you can, turn it off completely
If you are going away for a long time (more than a week) and you don’t have a lot of food stored, it is better to spend it before, use it, donate it to a family member , a friend or neighbor and turn off the refrigerator completely.
According to a study published by the Consumers and Users Organization (OCU), running a refrigerator for an entire month can cost around $ 3.5 to $ 7 depending on the size, features and benefits.
Figures that can even be exceeded with the new electricity bill and if our model is American type, side by side or old which is very poor performance and does not have good insulation.
Turn up the fire and put on “vacation mode”
Another thing we can do is change the temperature of the refrigerator (not the freezer) to select a higher temperature that consumes less, which some models already have a special operating mode called “vacation”.
What this function does is to raise the target temperature of the refrigerator from a few degrees from the usual 3 or 5 degrees to between 10 and 15 degrees, reducing the consumption of electricity, but also, it should not be forgotten, by keeping the food we store there. worse.
For this reason, it is an interesting measure if we only leave things that do not spoil easily at this temperature, like drinks, bread, fruits, vegetables, sausages, etc., but not if we want to keep fresh meat. or fish.
It is also convenient if we think to leave a higher temperature than normal before cleaning the refrigerator well inside to avoid the proliferation of bacteria which could spoil the food or cause bad odors when we return.
Your kitchen, well closed and in the dark
Let us also not forget to adapt the kitchen to our free time so that the refrigerator works as little as possible but keeps the food fresh.
For example, if we have awnings and blinds, it is convenient to leave them down so that the sun does not shine, make sure the window is closed and even the door is also closed so that a microclimate is created where the temperature in the kitchen does not rise excessively and therefore the fridge will work less.
Take advantage of the freezer
You can also choose, if your refrigerator model allows it, to put the food you can in the freezer to disconnect the refrigerator part and use the freezer to its maximum capacity.
In general, it is useful in side-by-side models or even if we have an efficient chest freezer with good insulation. This will be a way of not wasting food and at the same time saving money by not having the refrigerator on.
The ice cube trick
When we return home after a few days of absence, we may think that the refrigerator continued to function perfectly in our absence, but maybe the power was cut for a few hours. If this is the case, it is not enough to look at the differential table to know how long it has been since a lowered lever will only indicate that there has been a surge at some point in the network, but we will not know. not if there was a cut in supply or how long it lasted
Additionally, we may have installed a reset switch, in which case we won’t know how long the blackout lasted. The problem in these cases is that one or more cuts may have occurred, potentially spoiling the food we keep in the freezer and of course the refrigerator. How do you know if this has happened?
Well, there is a very simple trick that we can do very easily. This involves freezing the water in a container such as a small glass, a jar or having large ice cubes prepared directly. Before leaving we make sure that they are well frozen, put together and put them in a container or a plastic bag in the freezer in case they melt.
If on our return we find that these blocks of ice have lost their original shape or are partially melted, the refrigerator has probably undergone a thawing process extensive enough to spoil the food, although apparently now they appear to be well frozen.