Friday, December 11, 2009

Refrigerator Energy Efficiency

My One Green Thing Today: Resisted urge to wrap fridge & freezer in blanket after hearing rumor that added insulation would keep it colder with less electricity. .

"Placing a blanket over or around a Refrigerator or freezer unit is not advisable. Proper air flow around the unit is necessary for maintaining performance and energy efficiency of the unit," says Jill Notini, vice president for communications and marketing at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, which has many energy saving tips.

Also removed that basket of bread & chips & clutter that had been accumulating on top of unit

On the other hand, an insulating jacket made for that purpose on a hot water heater can save significant energy, per the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy's consumer tips. Invest in their excellent book, A Consumer's Guide to Home Energy Savings.

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