Freezers are often the biggest users of electricity in the lab. According to Lab Manager magazine, a single ultra-low temperature freezer draws as much energy as an average domestic household. Follow these tips to minimize energy consumption and to keep your cold storage units running their best.
- Annually defrost your freezer
- Regularly change or clean filters and exposed refrigeration coils behind refrigerators/freezers and clean the door seal to improve contact on sealing surfaces
- Consolidate samples and reagents into a single fridge/freezer to reduce the number of fridges and freezers required - or share with neighboring labs
- Be sure to turn off/unplug units, not in use