The microwave gets a spot in your everyday cleaning routine, mainly because you've got to look at at constantly. But a once-a-year cleaning for a different kitchen appliance could cut a chunk out of your electrical bills year-round.
The always-on fridge is responsible for about 15 percent to 20 percent of your electric bill. But according to Tool Girl Mag Ruffman at Home Envy, giving the fridge coils a good scrub down could reduce your bill by 6 percent!
So how do you do it? Pull the sucker out from the wall (be careful for your floor's sake!) and get to scrubbing.
Older refrigerators have coils in the back of the fridge, newer models will see bottom-mounted coils down below. Use a vacuum attachment or a coil brush to clean them, adding soapy water to the mix if you feel a filmy build-up.
Yes, it's a pain. But it could save you some bucks and you only have to do it once a year—mostly. If you find you've got bottom-mounted coils and a hairy pet, you may want to get down there more often.