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August 13th, 2009

Keep Your Old Fridge/Freezer & Still Save Cash

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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.

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4 Responses to “Keep Your Old Fridge/Freezer & Still Save Cash”

  1. Lucia Says: August 13th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I forgot to add that I also use milk jugs in the ‘frig freezer. My ‘frig is 14 cu ft, which seems small, but things seldom get lost and wasted.

  2. Richard May Says: March 22nd, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Yeah its all down to planning really
    and always try and get a fridge freezer with a bigger freezer or the same size as your fridge. This way when shopping for bargains for food that is close to sell by date most items are freezer friendly which means the sell by date has increased by 6 months basically you can buy more bargains rather than thinking “oh there isnt enough room in the freezer.

    fridged items often get wasted unless your good at managing your shopping and meals good

  3. Aren Harris Says: March 31st, 2010 at 4:27 am

    GREAT! Its good to see that some people are still believing in not throwing away everything just because its old. Old fridges can be more efficient if, like you say, are filled with water bottles etc. And remember to defrost regularly!

  4. Tim Manni Says: March 31st, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Aren,

    You got it! Thanks for commenting, hopefully we hear from you again soon.

    -Tim

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