06/15/2012 09:21 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Refrigerator Savings: 8 Money-Saving Tips

It's a vicious cycle: our paychecks come in, and the bills go out. For most of us, we've spent a good chunk of our paychecks on those bills before we've even cashed our checks. And while we can't wave a magic wand and make those pesky bills disappear, we can at least try to make them a little less substantial. And the electric bill is a good place to start.

We're all guilty of leaving the lights on when we're not home from time to time, but there are ways you're wasting money without even knowing it -- and the refrigerator is where that's happening. The refrigerator is the second offender (after the air conditioning of course) in racking up your energy costs. So you may want to start paying attention in how you treat it. With a little maintenance, and proper use, you'll be saving money in no time.

Refrigerator Care