Would a Fridge Curtain Save Electricity, or Should You Just Unplug?


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This is a simple, clever idea that you can try for your refrigerator. Hang a piece of clear plastic on each shelf, to avoid cold air escaping when you open the fridge door, which will save some electricity. You could use a shower curtain cut to the right size.

Then I thought: "Why not unplug the old $%&# altogether?" How much energy would I save?After all, if I put my refrigerator in the entrance, near the door, where I don't have any heat, the room temperature is around 8-9 C now in winter. Why should I waste precious electricity to heat a room, and then run a fridge to cool my food?

The only thing is, there is no warm, bright light shining every time I open the fridge door. Oh well, I think I will manage. Mr. Electricity thinks getting a new fridge is a great idea. A lot of companies like Panasonic probably couldn't agree more. They are endlessly showing commercials on Japanese TV to get housewives to invest in a sparkling, new fridge:

The significant slash in energy use was made possible through the utilization of vacuum insulation. The presence of an insulation technology means thicker walls on some parts of the appliance so heat won't be lost and cold air won't be easily dissipated by ambient temperature as much as other freezers do.

So, where is the fridge curtain? The Panasonic NR-F503TE runs up 350 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year of electricity consumption. According to the US Department of Energy, a typical fridge consumes about 1,000 kWh/year. Not bad, but I think I'm doing better when I unplug the darn thing - plus I like how quiet it gets.

More refrigerators on Treehugger:
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Written by Martin Frid at greenz.jp

Tags: Appliances | Japan | Kitchens | Less Is More