I picked up a bunch of thermometers this week for TTSN people to check their freezer and fridge temperature. These thermometers are cheap as chips (and apparently reasonably accurate – thanks WRAP) and could save you a tidy little sum if you’ve been overchilling your food. I’ve just popped one in the freezer compartment and it seems to be reading -19 degrees. According to Iceland (and they should know)…
|*||Ice box||-6 degrees||1 week|
|**||Ice box||-12 degrees||1 month|
|***||Ice box||-18 degrees||3 months|
|****||Freezer||-18 degrees||Long term|
So apparently I can store frozen food long term but I don’t really need the freezer compartment as I buy all my food fresh, in small quantities, and eat it straight away. But I can’t turn the freezer part off and leave the fridge part on.
So what about switching the whole thing off? In winter I could get a cool box and stick it in a shady spot out on the balcony – you don’t want your food (or indeed beer) to be frozen and thawed as would have happened quite a lot this year so a cool box should provide a bit of a buffer. In summer I think I’d need to switch it back on, but if I could switch it off for half the year…? It seems some are already trying it.
Of course you don’t want to save CO2 by cutting your fridge or freezer consumption if your food is going to spoil and be wasted.
I’ve stuck my fridge freezer on a plug in electricity meter to see what it consumes over 24 hours on its current setting. I’ll then increase the temperature and see what the difference is – empirical science going on right here, just for you lucky people!
1st Results – OK over the last 24 hours my fridge got through 0.4kWh, very roughly suggesting consumption of 145kWh and 80kgCO2 per year. But I checked the temperature in the freezer compartment at one point and it was down to -14. This was towards the end of its off cycle and I’m guessing the -19 reading was taken somewhere around the end of the on cycle. I’ve cranked the thermostat from “3″ to “4″ and we’ll see what happens (I’m not even sure if it’ll make it colder or warmer at this point).
2nd Results - Consumption over 24 hours at the “4″ setting was 0.54kWh, a 35% increase. Next I switched it up to “5″ and consumption increased to 0.71kWh, a 30% increase again. I’ve now turned it down to “2″ and we’ll see how it goes.