Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on August 9, 2008
Fridges. Their primary purpose is to keep leftover pizza from going bad. Or to rummage around in for hours in search of tomato ketchup. Or to stand in front of with the door ajar on a hot summer’s day. (Sorry ‘bout that one; I think I just had a “Freaky Friday” experience with a teenage boy).
In actual fact, the fridge is the biggest energy sucker in the kitchen.With that in mind, the good people at Hippyshopper have given us five tips to help us all to go green and reduce our carbon footprint.
1. Don’t put hot food in the fridge. I must confess I’ve broken this cardinal rule. Perhaps many of us have hastily cleared the countertops of containers by shoving warm leftovers into the fridge. This sends the fridge into overdrive. So, chill out and wait for food to do the same.
2. Don’t open your fridge too often. Put a picture of a pre-pregnant Nicole Richie in skinny jeans on the fridge to stop yourself from unnecessarily opening it in search of a snack. Imagine all the weight you’ll lose! Okay, that’s crap. All the good snacks are in the pantry anyway. What you will gain by not opening and closing the fridge too much is a lowered energy bill.
3. Defrost your freezer regularly. It helps the refrigerator function more efficiently. A necessary evil. ‘Nuff said. (I don’t like it either.)
4. Don’t overfill. Cramming your fridge to the max is bad for a plethora of reasons: it requires energy; it could lead to leakages if your door won’t shut; and you’ll spend longer finding what you want, which means an extended abuse of tip #2. Shop smart and clean out on a regular basis.
5. Use alternatives. Not everything has to live in the fridge. Take cues from the supermarket. Produce like grapes, apples and tomatoes survive better sans refrigeration. Just leave them in a cool area of the house instead.
It also doesn’t hurt to turn the temperature on your refrigerator down a notch. A lot of us have it on the coolest setting, when we really don’t need to. And don’t forget: every bit helps. Especially when we’re talking about the biggest energy consumer in the house!