Monday, March 3, 2008

Carbon Fast for Lent: Fridge De-Icing

The Fourth Monday in Lent
“Who works hardest in the house? Mum? Dad? No, the fridge. It’s churning away 24/7. Treat it to a good de-icing to make sure it’s running efficiently.”

Some days, the Carbon Fast’s main purpose in my life is to make me thankful — in this case, thankful that I no longer have a fridge that needs to be manually defrosted. When I lived in NYC, this was one of my least favorite tasks, even though I knew that by letting the ice build up I was making the motor run much harder and sucking up a lot of electricity. Since I am blessedly spared this now, today I’m going to try to cut down on how often I stand in front of the fridge with the door open.

Today’s mitzvah: Does you freezer require a manual defrost? If you defrost today and let me know, I will send you an eCard thank-you!


Michael said...

I need a new fridge so bad. I just defrosted it about two weeks ago. It was a pain. I am acutely aware of how much electricity this old thing uses, it was in the house when we bought it.

No kidding when I defrosted it I think I doubled the interior volume of the freezer. I guess I had really let it go…

jen x said...

Michael, I know what you mean. I let so much ice build up on my little freezer compartment in NYC, the weight of it finally pulled the freezer loose from the ceiling of the fridge. So then I had no freezer at all and finally to tell the super what had happened.

I needed Small Space Living when I lived in that studio -- the whole place was the size of my livingroom now. But when I look at the stuff you've posed in your blog, I think -- hey, I actually *could* have made that space chic!