There’s a fascinating home energy conservation piece over at the New York Times about the .5 percent of Americans who are opting to live sans refrigerators (yes they even eschew ENERGY STAR models). Is this a reasonable method of cutting back on energy costs and curbing carbon emissions? Or is living an icebox-free existence an egregiously drastic way to save green while going green? A penny for your thoughts?
I’ll let you check out the three-page article yourself and decide what you think from there. Would you be able to survive for a week, a month, even a year living without one of the biggest energy hogs in the home?
For a brief moment after reading the piece, the “intrepid journalist” persona emerged and I considered going fridge-free for a of couple days. But like 95.5 percent of Americans, I need my bagged lettuce from Trader Joe’s to be chilled, my milk unspoilt, and my low-fat cherry yogurt to not smell funny. Call me a wimp, but I just can’t do it. I’ll vigilantly control the heating and cooling of my apartment, prohibit parabens and petrochemicals from crossing my threshold, and live in semi-darkness, but without the reassuring hum of the refrigerator, I’d probably go mad. Or hungry.
If you find the concept of completely pulling the plug on your refrigerator to be slightly horrifying, there are plenty of simple ways to keep it frosty and energy-efficient. I list 10 of them here.