How has your spring cleaning been going so far? Now is an excellent time to clean those parts of the house that don’t get much love throughout the year. But One Good Thing by Jillee made us realize that there’s one area in particular that we, and many others, are forgetting about. When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator coils? We’re imagining that we’re hearing crickets right now.

The refrigerator coils, located underneath your fridge, usually covered by a grill, are an area of your house that don’t get much attention. However, their cleanliness directly impacts the amount of energy that your fridge uses to keep your food cold. So, dirty coils = more energy used = more money spent. And that’s no good.

Luckily, cleaning your refrigerator coils is a simple task. Just pop the grill off and grab your vacuum. If you need an attachment to reach under the fridge, this might be a great time for this genius vacuum trick we found for vacuuming tight spots. Just get in there and get all that gross dust that’s likely lurking there.

According to One Good Thing by Jillee:

Did I mention that when the coils under your refrigerator are caked with dust or dirt like this, they can’t dissipate heat from the refrigerator, which in turn makes it work harder to keep food cool? When you consider your refrigerator gobbles up more energy than any other appliance in your home, that’s a considerable amount of energy (and money) being wasted! Just cleaning the coils can improve the energy efficiency of your refrigerator by as much as 30 percent! 

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to One Good Thing by Jillee for full instructions and more great tips. It should only take about 5 minutes to get this particular job done. God speed.