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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Burning down fridges

Posted by Anke on 09/17 at 01:03 PM Baby, it’s getting colder outside - and your refrigerator is breathing a sigh of relief, knowing that it won’t have to work quite that hard any more now that autumn is upon us. Ironically, now that your milk’s best friend is humming away contentedly in the background, it may be the best time to replace it (the fridge, that is - sorry, dude).

We discovered this recently while investigating news stories for the Green Newsletter, a monthly publication by the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Green Committee (or, to be more precise, by the fabulous Gigi Naglak and yours truly) which informs staff members at this glorious institutions about little steps towards a greener life. Anyway, here’s the thing:

According to planet green (author: Collin Dunn), “a refrigerator bought in 1990 with a new Energy Star-qualified model would save enough energy to light the average household for nearly four months; when you add in the rebates you can get for going with energy-efficient models, the savings will be quite tangible. When looking for a new one, look for one with the fridge on top and freezer on the bottom (they’re more efficient, when compared to a side-by-side model), and avoid the temptation to keep the old one around if it “sorta works"-old refrigerators can cost you $100 a year, or so, in energy costs alone.” There you go.

And while you are contemplating all this, have a strangely disturbing, almost voyeuristic insight into other people’s fridges, courtesy of GOOD magazine.

No matter what’s in your fridge and how old it is, here’s wishing you a really nice autumn!

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