Unplugging an Extra Refrigerator May Cost You in the Long Run

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Looking for ways to cut her PG&E bill, a friend told me she's turned off and unplugged her extra refrigerator. This could be a recipe for disaster, according to Steve Silver, a salesman with Diamond Certified's Asien's Appliance. He says what happens is the Freon and coolants settle, and they can eventually leak into the sealed cooling system itself. The refrigerator will run, but not cool when you turn it back on. You'll end up having to buy a new fridge.

A wiser strategy is to turn it down to the lowest setting, and put something in both the freezer and the refrigerated sections. Mr. Silver suggests a couple of milk cartons filled with plain water.