Janna Hafer


Urban Frontier House

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06/17/16 - Randy and I were planning on purchasing a DC refrigerator for the new house; however, when it came time to place the order we found out that the Sunfrost company no longer made DC refrigerators. Now what were we going to do? We were counting on using a DC refrigerator since it uses soooooo much less energy than a conventional refrigerator. If left up to Randy, he would have settled for a cooler in the corner because it doesn’t use any electricity; however, that wasn’t going to fly with me. Randy’s only criterion was: no refrigerator that uses more than 400 kWh hours/year. That was almost impossible unless I went with some scaled down model. Not to be deterred, I was on the hunt for a refrigerator that would meet both of our expectations. I found one!!! It was a stainless steel, French door, with an ice maker and the website advertised the electrical usage on the U. S Government ENERGYGUIDE label at 400 kWh estimated yearly electricity use. Wahoo!!! We waited for seven weeks and four different delivery dates before my new refrigerator was finally delivered. It was a happy day until I opened the door and read 573 kWh estimated yearly electricity use on the U. S. Government ENERGYGUIDE label. Randy was not going to be happy with 573 kWh! I went back to the store and the salesperson was apologetic and offered to exchange it for a different model. I explained to him that I only purchased that refrigerator because of the 400 kWh estimated yearly electricity use and no other refrigerator met that standard. He looked at me with a perplexed look and stated, “I don’t think I have ever had a customer shop for a refrigerator by the number of kWh used in a year!” Randy wanted it gone. I knew there wasn’t anything else out there. We were at an impasse. So, I purchased a kWh usage meter that plugs into the outlet and then the refrigerator plugs into the meter just to see how bad it really was. We waited for four days before reading the results. According to the meter, the refrigerator used less than 1kWh per day. We waited four more days and read the results. Again, the meter read less than 1kWh used per day. Yeah!!! Not sure what happened but the refrigerator gets to stay!
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