04 February 2014

Power Consumption Reduction - Time for a New Fridge

In my electricity audit last year, the fridge came out as one of the higher users of power, at 677kWh per year, which is huge for the size of it.  We have a small fridge due to the space available in the kitchen, and as a result pack it too full, meaning it struggles to keep to temperature.  With our recent run of hot weather it's been struggling even more than normal and running almost all the time but still not keeping food as cold as it should be kept, so eating up power at an alarming rate and starting to cause me concern about food safety. 

So with more hot weather coming up it was time to invest in a new one.  The two main priorities were the right size and lowest kWh possible.  I'd assumed that modern fridges would be quite efficient so was aiming for around 250kWh.  It was a shock to discover that most are way higher than that, even some that are much smaller than our current fridge.  After some research I came across a great website to help find the most efficient fridges (and here's the official Australian Government one that you might find handy for a number of different appliances).  The fridge we bought wasn't actually on the list as it's a new model, but similar versions were, so it allowed us to target that brand (and no, sadly I couldn't justify/afford the $4000 Smeg fridge at the top of the list!).  With a bit of perseverance I managed to find a slightly larger fridge than our existing one (it took some perseverance to get it into the space too!) with a 3.5 star rating and 300kWh p/a consumption.

We donated the old fridge to Phoenix Fridges, a Brotherhood of St Laurence business that fixes up old fridges and donates them, sells some to fund their programs or if the fridge is beyond repair they de-gas it, recycle all the bits and cash in the carbon credits to put towards their programs.

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