Wednesday, January 14, 2009
What's in your fridge?
Want to reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint? Check out these great tips from the Organic Consumers Association (http://www.organicconsumers.org)
The average refrigerator consumes more energy than any other household appliance. We spend over $10 billion in the U.S., alone, to supply energy to our household refrigerators. The following tips will save you money and reduce your carbon (energy) footprint:
1) Clean the filter and coils annually: Most Americans rarely, if ever, get around to vacuuming out the filter and coils on the back of the fridge. A dusty coil can increase energy consumption by 20 percent or more.
2) Keep it full but not stuffed: A fridge and freezer will be able to retain their coolness better if they're full. If you're not at full capacity, place a few containers of water in the freezer.
3) Think about what you want before you open the fridge. Every time you open the fridge to browse for a snack, you consume around of 9 to 13 watt/hours, which is enough power to light a 60-watt bulb for 10 minutes.
4) Let hot items cool before placing them in the refrigerator.
5) Defrost the freezer regularly.
6) Check the door gasket for a tight seal.
7) Cover liquids and foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
8) If your fridge is older than 1993, get a new one. You're spending so much on your electric bill, you'll actually save money. New models use less energy than a 75-watt light bulb. Be sure to look for the Energy Star label.