Summer is the time of year when refrigerators are working hardest and when many breakdowns occur. When it comes to preventing a meltdown this fridge season, knowledge is power. Here are some cool facts about refrigerators, as well as tips to help you save both energy and money.
GREEN SAVERS -- Did you know that your refrigerator uses the most electricity of all of the appliances in your home? In fact, every time you open the refrigerator door, up to 30 percent of the cold air can escape.(1) A quick fix is to avoid standing and staring into the fridge, pondering its contents. Decide what you need before opening the door -- you'll preserve your food and the environment. -- An ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator can reduce as much as 1100 lbs of air polluting chemical emissions (C02) over its life cycle.(2) Consider replacing that clunky old fridge and trading up for a new energy-efficient model. -- Today's ENERGY STAR refrigerators use 40 percent less energy than the typical model manufactured in 2001, and a refrigerator produced in 1990 uses twice the amount of electricity needed to operate an ENERGY STAR model built today.(2) Consider the age of your refrigerator and how you might benefit from replacing an older model. -- Keeping your refrigerator next to the oven forces it to work much harder to keep things cool when you're cooking and baking. When possible, avoid placing these appliances next to each other to help maximize refrigeration efficiency. DID YOU KNOW? -- Americans purchased $7.5 billion of bottled water in 2003. The new Kenmore® and Kenmore Elite® refrigerators with PUR Ultimate filters eliminate the need to buy or store bottled water because it offers "America's Best Ice and Water Filtration System."(3) -- Twenty-three percent of consumers' refrigerators are not cold enough.(4) Keeping your refrigerator between 32 and 40 degrees will help discourage the growth of food-borne bacteria. -- You can keep butter cool but still spreadable using the Dairy Bin area of your fridge. -- Refrigerators with a speed setting on the ice maker, such as Kenmore models with Acceler-Ice™, can produce up to eight lbs of ice in 24 hours.(5)
For other tips on keeping your refrigerator cool this summer, assistance in finding a new model or to learn about refrigeration innovations since you last purchased one, please visit http://www.isyourrefrigeratorrunning.com/.
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Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,400 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes approximately 926 full-line and 1,100 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through http://www.sears.com/, http://www.landsend.com/, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 13 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at http://www.sears.com/ or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at http://www.searsholdings.com/.
(1) Marshall University, Energy Analyst Office, http://www.marshall.edu/physplant/energy%20analyst.htm (2) Energy Star website and trademark (3) Among leading brand side-by-side refrigerators based on contaminant removal, filter location, installation and removal and filter status indicators; Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Copy the following link into browser) http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi- bin/micro_stories.pl?ACCT=116376&TICK=SEARS&STORY=/www/story/04-15- 2004/0002152544&EDATE=Apr+15,+2004 (4) Foodsafety.gov, Chill Facts (5) Kenmore Acceler-Ice claims data 2006
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