Is your fridge too big? My sister is considering downsizing her big city fridge (it’s about half the size of a normal fridge) after a conversation with a friend.
I have a German friend, Walli, who has a smaller refridge which sits in a larger closet-like space in her kitchen. She said the huge refridge was “the first thing I threw out” when she moved into her house in NY. Hers is about the size of my fridge, which makes so much more sense for a 1-2 person household and a smaller kitchen.
So I am supporting appropriate-sized refrigerators for American families. We’re so used to these monsters we don’t stop to think that they may not be necessary. All that food gets lost in there and can go to waste! And how many jars of condiments do we really need?
Now if I was feeding teenagers, I can imagine needing more space, but I don’t think the average couple does.
Plus, there’s the cost of electricity needed to power a bigger fridge. I used the above link to see how much money I would save by replacing my older fridge. My 1992 GE fridge costs $144 a year to run, while a newer Energy Star fridge would cost $64 a year to run. So I would save $80 per year in electricity by upgrading, which I would recoup over the life of my new fridge. Some cities or states offer rebates if you upgrade, further reducing my upgrade cost. Or, I can sell my fridge on Craigslist.
There are a lot of ways to reduce your electricity bill if you can’t replace an appliance. On the other hand, if you have a second freezer because you are a freezer diva, you are already used to paying more electricity in the name of grocery savings.
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