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).
The folks over at Planet Green picked up on this interesting bit of energy-saving advice from Stephen and Rebekah Hren’s book, Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit.
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.