Since innocuous iceboxes are the most flagrant household energy guzzlers — they consume about 8 percent of a home’s electricity, to be exact — I’ve given them a good amount of coverage (don’t think you’re out of the woods yet, washing machine).
I’ve reported on folks giving their refrigerators the cold shoulder
by living without them. A fridge-free existence
obviously isn’t for everyone, so I’ve shared 10 easy ways to make your fridge more frosty and energy-efficient
like cleaning the coils and keeping foods wrapped and liquids covered. Here’s a candidate for number 11 although it’s more novel than easy.
Insulate the exterior of your refrigerator with carpeting.
Well, not really. In the book, the authors suggest covering the exterior of a refrigerator with insulation board. To take it up a notch, they recommend covering the insulation board with carpet or corkboard. Here’s how to do it in four easy steps.
1. Secure insulation board to the top and sides of the fridge.
2. Place carpet or corkboard over the panels.
3. Don't put insulation board on the doors.
4. Cover the doors with carpet or corkboard.
Has anyone tried this out themselves?