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Old 04-12-2012, 09:42 AM
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I recently completed a major kitchen renovation and I now have an extra fridge that I am going to put in the garage.
My question is: The fridge is OLD maybe 20 + years so my guess is that it is not very efficient. I could sell this one for 40 or 50 bucks and go buy a floor model for a few hundred.... would my energy savings from a new model be significant? I think I read that Fridge is #2 user of power in your house after AC.....

So I am thinking I would re-coup the cost of the new fridge in a few months any experience with this?
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:45 AM
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Your energy company may pick it up and give you $100 cash. Ours does. Check into it.
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Good question.

We just did the same thing here.

I am also wondering about the relative temps here in the northeast. In the summer the garage is much hotter than the house (a/c) and in the winter it can get below freezing in the garage. Not sure how the fridge will handle that, as well as the costs.

Spot on post for me at the moment.
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I would use the old one it will probably last another 20 years. In my experiences all the new appliances are junk unless you drop some serious coin.
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Originally Posted by fichtion View Post
Good question.

We just did the same thing here.

I am also wondering about the relative temps here in the northeast. In the summer the garage is much hotter than the house (a/c) and in the winter it can get below freezing in the garage. Not sure how the fridge will handle that, as well as the costs.

Spot on post for me at the moment.
Since I bought this house, we have done a lot including new Washer dryer, new windows, 1 new door new AC, tankless water heater... Summer Electric bill went for 375-400 per month to a max of 180 in August - We dropped serious cash on the new kitchen so another 300 or so to store bait and beer wont break the bank but why spend it if you dont have to.
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We dropped serious cash on the new kitchen so another 300 or so to store bait and beer wont break the bank but why spend it if you dont have to.
Turned mine into a kegerator easily with a kit - having Yuengling Lager on tap makes it all worthwhile .

I did move it from the garage into the basement due to the summer heat.
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Turned mine into a kegerator easily with a kit - having Yuengling Lager on tap makes it all worthwhile .

I did move it from the garage into the basement due to the summer heat.
No basements in Florida
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No basements in Florida
Then paint it a pretty color and put it in the house right next to the 60" flat screen?
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I bought a 'beer fridge' off Craigslist for $100. It was from an apt complex that was refurbishing. All fridges form all apts were replaced at one time. My fridge is only a couple years old, others a lot older. Now looking for another one to use as a curing chamber for salami. I'm willing to pay $50 for it.

Check Craigs List -- lots of fridges there.
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I run an older fridge and Deep freeze in the Garage and have had no problems...as to the electric bill it may go up a couple of bucks but not much I think mine went up 3-5 bucks a month? as the garage fridge does not get opened nearly as much as the one in your home there for requiring less motor time..
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I run an older fridge and Deep freeze in the Garage and have had no problems...as to the electric bill it may go up a couple of bucks but not much I think mine went up 3-5 bucks a month? as the garage fridge does not get opened nearly as much as the one in your home there for requiring less motor time..
good point. I did not consider that in my calculations....I think I will keep the old one - if it falters then I will get a new one. No way my wife is going to let me keep chum blocks, Ballyhoo, and bags of dead Pilchards in the new fridge so to they garage they go!
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Originally Posted by Danny33486 View Post
good point. I did not consider that in my calculations....I think I will keep the old one - if it falters then I will get a new one. No way my wife is going to let me keep chum blocks, Ballyhoo, and bags of dead Pilchards in the new fridge so to they garage they go!
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My wifes midget fridge/freezer from her apartment when we were dating holds about 4 cases of properly stacked bottled beer right at freezing year round out in the shop. Later I'm going to need an old crusty deep freezer to keep bait in but not yet.
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
I bought a 'beer fridge' off Craigslist for $100. It was from an apt complex that was refurbishing. All fridges form all apts were replaced at one time. My fridge is only a couple years old, others a lot older. Now looking for another one to use as a curing chamber for salami. I'm willing to pay $50 for it.

Check Craigs List -- lots of fridges there.
Okay, since you brought up the beer topic. I have to ask, what is your favorite Japanese beer?

Be careful with old freezers or fridges. I bought a fancy new deep freeze and put my old one in the basement for bait. It broke shortly thereafter.
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Based on a study I did a few years ago, you can expect to save $450 to $700 over the next 5 years in electric costs by replacing a 1990 refrigerator with a new unit. I replaced all my 1980's fridges and freezer with 2006 units. The savings on electric bills was substantial. All the new 2006 units have paid for themselves through energy savings and all of them are still working just fine.

If you want to run the fridge in the garage, check the minimum operating temperature spec- there is one. Some are 50 degrees, some 30.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
Based on a study I did a few years ago, you can expect to save $450 to $700 over the next 5 years in electric costs by replacing a 1990 refrigerator with a new unit. I replaced all my 1980's fridges and freezer with 2006 units. The savings on electric bills was substantial. All the new 2006 units have paid for themselves through energy savings and all of them are still working just fine.

If you want to run the fridge in the garage, check the minimum operating temperature spec- there is one. Some are 50 degrees, some 30.
Translated

450.00 saved over 5 years equals... 7.50 a month.
700.00 saved over 5 years equals... 11.66 a month

Factor in the cost of the new fridge at say 1500 bucks when yours works just fine and then scratch head while shacking it.Pat
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I would buy a scratch and Dent maybe - The contractors finished today so the old one is in Garage. Now on to the next project!
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I have three old units scattered in buildings on our farm that range in age of 7 to 15 years old. No heat or air in these buildings. The units will sweat some in the summer but the water evaporates and create no issues. If electical cost is the key concern see if this calculator will be of any assistance.

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?...rig.calculator
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post

Okay, since you brought up the beer topic. I have to ask, what is your favorite Japanese beer?

I don't drink beer. It's just called a "beer fridge" in the Craigs List ad, meaning a second fridge for whatever doesn't fit in the primary fridge.

If you can find it in America try Ebisu gold (aka Yebisu), made by Sappora brewing Co.
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Originally Posted by 2swift View Post
Translated

450.00 saved over 5 years equals... 7.50 a month.
700.00 saved over 5 years equals... 11.66 a month

Factor in the cost of the new fridge at say 1500 bucks when yours works just fine and then scratch head while shacking it.Pat
Translated:

You spend too much for refrigerators. Try $500 x 4 units.
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