I’m not one for throwing out products you already have for more eco-friendly ones (like a guy I knew who threw out a perfectly good table to buy a recycled one as he felt it made him look better). However sometimes it can be worth it, if the products you have are harmful, or they’re very energy inefficient.
Energy efficiency is sometimes a hard thing to achieve for a eco-minded person. Is it better to throw out an old refrigerator to buy an energy efficient one? What about the energy that is used to create the new fridge, will using it make up for the amount your old one wasted?
Well now you can have help to work this out, at least in part. The US Department of Energy has a calculator so you can determine how much energy your fridge consumes, and how much energy & money you can save by opting for a new Energy Star model (Energy Star fridges must adhere to even stricter criteria starting April 28).
The calculator allows you to input how much you pay for electricity and the model of your current fridge. If you don’t know this, don’t worry you can work it out based on approx year made, size and configuration. If you have an old fridge, why not give it a try?
If everyone who purchases a new refrigerator in 2008 in the US chooses a model that meets the new ENERGY STAR criteria instead of a non-qualified model, consumers will save enough energy each year to:
- Light every household in Washington, D.C. for over 20 months.
- Power an ENERGY STAR qualified 32” high definition LCD screen television for 640,000 years of non-stop viewing.
- Launch the space shuttle into orbit 298 times.
- Equal the amount of energy generated by burning 25million gallons of gasoline.
Recycling your old fridge:
- Buys you coffee for nearly 80 days!
- Saves enough energy to light ten 13-watt ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs, one after another, for 70 years!
- Saves enough energy this year to freeze ice cubes in a new ENERGY STAR fridge for more than 2 years.