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Off with the Beer fridge!
08 April 2013
Off with the beer fridge and save some money.
We often come across the old fridge in the garage being used as a beer fridge. And that’s a good use of an old fridge, especially if it still works well and keeps the drinks cold.
But what if it’s causing 1/2 your energy bill? I came across a home the other week during an energy audit and found that 1 fridge in the garage was the cause of over 1/2 the energy bill for the whole house! And it wasn’t the first time I’ve seen it.
So this is just a little heads up – if you have an old refrigerator in the garage you can put a power meter on it and check how much energy it’s using. If it’s really old it could be using as much as 11 kWh a day. Given the average household usage is 16 kWh per day in Melbourne, that’s a big part of the bill.
If this is your beer fridge here’s you can simply turn it off when you don’ t need it and just turn it on for those big family functions or BBQ’s. If it needs to be on all the time because you have a big family and need the extra fridge room, it could be well worth replacing it with a highly efficient model.
Worth giving some thought with power prices going up all the time and our fridges are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!