What not to do with your old refrigerator - Many people spend a good deal of time considering the energy efficiency of a new refrigerator and when their new model arrives, take the old, energy-wasting one and move it to the garage or basement - where it continues to waste energy.
Others, in an attempt to recoup some of the expense of a new unit, sell the old one. Instead of saving energy with their purchase, these folks have actually added to the overall electrical use.
Refrigerators that are 15 years old or older should be taken out of service and recycled. The cost of operating these older models (in both dollars and environmental effects) exceeds the perceived benefits of continued operation.
Appliances are the most common labor-saving devices in our homes. Whether helping us keep clean, comfortable, or nourished, appliances are an essential part of daily life. And although they can save us a lot of time and effort their use comes with an energy cost.
Refrigerators are one of the appliances that use a lot of energy in a typical home. In fact, in most Minnesota homes a refrigerator is the largest user of electricity, after air conditioners.
Maintenance & repairs
If you are not ready to replace your refrigerator or freezer, there are a few things you can do to keep your existing equipment operating as efficiently as possible.
When is it time to replace?
Many refrigerators and freezers will continue to operate for 15-20 years or even longer: food stays cold and the light comes on when the door opens. Whether or not these appliances are really working efficiently, however, is another question. Opportunities for replacement include:
What has changed?
Refrigerators and freezers have benefitted from recent advances in manufacturing methods and efficient technology, including:
When choosing a new refrigerator or freezer, consider:
Follow these suggestions to keep energy usage to the minimum:
Freezers - Chest freezers are generally more energy-efficient than vertical freezers. Wire racks and bins can make organization and access easier in a chest freezer.