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March 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM #20593March 24, 2013 at 7:11 AM #760856moneymakerParticipant
I personally would hook up a Kill A Watt meter (can be found @ Costco or GTM) to be sure the older frig is as bad as you think it is. We have a 10Cu. ft freezer in our garage (was a scratch-n-dent from GTM) that works great for us. My wife always manages to keep it full.March 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM #760857spdrunParticipant
I’ve bought several used appliances for rentals, they work fine.March 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM #760858HappsParticipant
I did exactly that and determined it was costing me about $25/month. Ouch!March 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM #760863EconProfParticipant
Throw away all old refrigerators.
At $30 + per month, they make no sense. Buying a new or nearly new one to replace it could pay for itself in energy savings in two to four years–a no brainer.
BTW, the really old empty refrigerators stored in back yards are tempting hazards for children who have been known crawl inside, shut the door, and die a pretty horrible death. (the kinds with old-fashioned handles–not yours, I’m sure).March 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM #760871EmilyHicksParticipant
According to Energy Star, every 1 degree increase in temperature will cause a 2.25 to 2.5 percent increase in energy usage. That means that a garage refrigerator will use 45 to 50 percent more energy in a 90-degree garage than in a 70-degree one.
Use an energy-efficient refrigerator in a hot garage if you truly need the additional storage space. However, you will keep energy usage down even more by making do with the kitchen refrigerator.March 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM #760877moneymakerParticipant
That’s good info Emily! Makes me even more motivated to stick a whirlybird on the roof of my garage, because it sure gets hot, especially in the summer.November 12, 2013 at 7:19 AM #767794livinincaliParticipant
I think the first question to ask would be do you really need the addition refrigerator space. If you do you’d probably want a refrigerator that’s of a size where’d you keep that additional space mostly full. A full fridge is more efficient than an empty fridge, especially the more times you open it.
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