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Green Idea #1

Puns aside, the environment seems to be a very hot topic today. Everyone seems to want to make a difference, provided of course that we do not have to sacrifice anything.  Though we may not see the effects of our actions, every bit does help.  Movements such as One Million Acts of Green try to trace the effects of seemingly miniscule contributions.  So in this series of posts I thought I would suggest some things that could make a difference in our conservation of resources and don’t require sacrifice. I welcome comments or better yet your own suggestions.  Without further ado…..

Green Idea #1

Fill your empty freezers with ice.  Now many of us have freezers that are largely empty.  By filling these empty spaces with ice, the freezer has to cycle on less often because the ice will maintain the temperature in the freezer better.  Fridges are in fact cooled by the cold air of the freezer. The coolant devices actually only cool the freezer, and the freezer in turn cools the fridge. The ice in the freezer helps to retain the cold better than just air, thus conserving energy.  In olden days people had ice boxes, which were nothing more than a wooden box that had a huge block of ice above the ‘fridge’ part.  The cold air would descend, cool the box and thus your food.  Pretty rudimentary, but little has changed in 60 years.

Reuse big yogurt containers, coffee cans or whatever you have, fill them with water and leave them in the freezer.  Don’t use containers made of glass! As the water/ice expands it will shatter glass.

This is win-win proposition. You cut down on the energy consumption. The environment wins and you have more money in your pocket.

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