What Can You Take Out of Your Fridge?

TreeHugger knows that appliances use accounts for something like 20 percent of your home energy use, and that the refrigerator is one of the biggest consumers (insert fridge-running joke here). While refrigeration is a useful innovation, too much can be detrimental to your energy bill, your home's carbon footprint and even some foods; the taste and quality of things like avocados, bananas and tomatoes all suffer from chilly fridge temperatures. Salon has an interesting article about the items that are unnecessarily kept in many of our fridges, asking the question, "Is it ignorance, obliviousness, marketing or simply our overly electrified, easily panicked American DNA that makes us squander electricity keeping ingredients cold that could survive just fine at room temperature?" Things like mustard, soy sauce and vinegar (the original preservative) are found in many a chill chest, causing who-knows-how-much energy to be wasted from repeated opening and shutting to retrieve the needlessly chilled items. Sure, a full fridge operates more efficiently than an empty one, but an overstuffed one cuts back on necessary air circulation, and the bottom line is that we've all got stuff in our fridges that doesn't need to be there. So the next time you open the door, take a peek and think about what doesn't have to be there; just don't leave the door open too long. This TreeHugger was surprised to see all the things that could live just as comfortably in the pantry. What can you take out of your fridge? More at ::Salon

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