One of my favorite country song titles is, “I Want a Beer as Cold as My Ex-Wife’s Heart.” It reminds me that there are ways to keep food and beverages cold other than refrigeration! And even when you do use a refrigerator, there are strategies you can utilize to limit the amount of energy consumption.
Some of these methods are very simple, such as keeping the refrigerator door open for as short of a time as possible, not overloading the refrigerator, setting the thermostat to a temperature that makes sense for the amount of items you have, going through the contents regularly to toss out old items and maintaining some space around the refrigerator.
If you’re handy and know something about electricity, there are a number of other things you can do to cut down on energy consumption. They include re-locating the refrigerator’s heat dissipating coils, modifying the motor-compressor unit, and building and using a root cellar.
I found an extremely comprehensive article from Backwoods Home Magazine titled, “Keeping Your Food Cold – Solutions to Refrigeration When Electricity Is Scarce.” It’s an oldie but goodie. Meet you on the other side.
How about you? What tricks have you used to improve the efficiency of your refrigerator? Have you ever built a refrigerator? Have you ever tried to keep food and beverages cold without refrigeration, and if so, how?
And just for the fun of it, what’s your favorite Country-Western song title? Hope to hear from you soon.