Keep Your Old Fridge/Freezer & Still Save Cashby Tim Manni
Last Saturday we wrote about the “Cash for Clunker Refrigerators” program — an initiative, which exists in several states, that gives consumers money for replacing their old refrigerator or freezer with a new, more energy-efficient model.
But what if you’re not ready to buy a new fridge or freezer but are still looking to save money on your electrical bill? One of our regular readers Lucia offered up a great suggestion when she commented on “Cash for Clunker Refrigerators”:
(Lucia said) Refrigerators will use 50% less electricity if ice is kept inside the box. I use frozen jugs set in a plastic tub to catch condensation and put them in the back of the box. Freezers will run less if jugs of ice replace empty places as food is used up. Sure beats the paying $1000 or more for a new ‘frig.
It turns out that Lucia isn’t the only one who has said that filling up the empty space in your freezer will help save money:
A freezer, whether it’s a deep freezer or a freezer housed in the same appliance as a refrigerator, functions best when it’s really full, as the cold items help keep other items cold and maintain the low temperature.
It’s simple. Take an empty milk jug (or juice jug), rinse it out, then fill it about 75% full with tap water. Stick that jug in the freezer and just leave it there. It’ll freeze, then it will help keep the temperature of your freezer low over the long haul, causing your freezer to kick on a bit less often to keep your items cool.
Click here to read more tips offered up by TheSimpleDollar.com on how to make your fridge and/or freezer run more efficiently.