Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Your refrigerator : A few ways to make it more energy efficient

Good morning everyone! I was reading a little bit about home appliances and decided to share a few thoughts with you.

If you are like me, you want to be on top of your energy consumption and buy all Energy Star rated appliances, but it’s not always so easy. Everybody’s budget is different and even though we do eventually plan on changing all of them, we have been going at it one at a time. We started by the washer-dryer because to us, that was the first one to come in. With all the water wasted in conventional washing machine, which was a no brainer.

Thinking of which one to buy next is my inspiration for this blog.

Did you know…

That according to Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency, the average refrigerator sold in Canada used up 487 kWh?

Now here was the surprising part : Most models that are sold with the Energy Star label only cut the energy consumption by an average of 10%.

After reading this, I started thinking that although 10% less is 10% less, there had to be ways to make my existing fridge more efficient itself.

Here are a few tips I found in a book titled 365 gestes pour sauver la Terre (365 things you can do to save the Earth) by Philippe Bourseiller that will help me, and hopefully you, cut down on energy use :

  • Don’t position your fridge near a heat source like a the stove or a radiator.
  • Do not position your fridge in the light of a south facing window.
  • Don’t put in the fridge foods that are still hot. Let them cool down to room temperature before placing them in the fridge.
  • Do not overheat your kitchen. Keep the ambient temperature a few degrees lower than the rest of the house. Cooking and baking will easily make up the difference anyway.

I hope these little hints will help in making your kitchen a bit more energy friendly!

What steps do you take to make your appliances work better and more efficiently?


Linda said...

great information! Glad to see a fellow greeny sharing factual tidbits to assist all! Thank you!

Yanic said...

You are welcome! I know that sometimes, my blog may seem a bit scarttered. But since I'm new to this, I try to share everything I find cause I know it can be overwhelming sometimes.

Thank you for reading!

Small Footprints said...

Wonderful tips! I find the one about refrigerator placement just fascinating because it makes so much sense and yet, in most apartments and (I would guess) in a lot of homes, the refrigerator is placed right next to the oven. Go figure!

Here's one to add to your list ... instead of defrosting foods on the counter, take a little extra time and defrost them in the refrigerator ... it'll take longer but will help lower the temperature of the refrigerator so that it won't use as much electricity.

Thanks for sharing your tips!

Small Footprints

Yanic said...

Great idea!

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