Old Refrigerators Eat Energy and Money
Article was added on Thursday, June 16, 2016
Does this sound familiar? You bought a new refrigerator and
moved your old fridge to a garage or basement to keep a few drinks
and some surplus food items cold.
Old refrigerators, especially
those bought before 1993, use more than twice as much electricity
as a new ENERGY STAR model. What's more, refrigerants in these
older appliances weaken over time and door seals start to leak,
causing a decline in the performance.
If you have moved your
old refrigerator to an uninsulated location, such as a garage, it
will use even more energy during hot weather. A fridge in a 90
degree environment, for example, uses nearly 50 percent more power
than one in a 70 degree environment. And if the temperature falls
below about 40 degrees in winter, the refrigerator's thermostat may
not run its cooling and defrost cycles for the appropriate amount
By pulling the plug on that old refrigerator, you can save $146
a year. For other tips on how to save energy-and money-visit www.TogetherWeSave.com for
more energy saving tips.
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