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'nother energy thought
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Ludwig    Posted 05-03-2002 at 11:00:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
We run our A/C quite a bit in the summer,
usually set it real low during the day when we
aren't home. The temp will climb up around
80, then when we're in we'll turn it up and get
down to 75 or so.
I figure one problem is the fridge which is
pumping heat out whenever its running. Has
anybody ever thought to put the fridge into
some sort of a vented enclosure so the heat
from it goes outside instead of into the
house? Seems like you could close the vent
in the winter....

Nick    Posted 08-21-2002 at 08:26:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw a setup where the coil was cut off and tubing run to a 55 gallon drum and coiled inside.The drum was filled with water and the heat from the fridge would heat the water.The drum had a stock watering valve on top and was not closed.The water could be use for a bathing and washing dish etc.-

John Ne.    Posted 05-03-2002 at 13:11:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
When my grandparents got electricity on the farm, this is what they did, the back of the fridge alcove opened onto the back porch, was screened, so the fins on the back of the fridge box would dissipate heat directly out of the kitchen, in winter, the door on the back was closed. Remember most modern fridges condenser is at the bottom, and the fan may blow the wrong direction to push the air out of the room. John in Ne.

Ludwig    Posted 05-03-2002 at 14:03:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah that was the initial thought. Then I
thought about the bottom condensers and
thought, what if the fridge was in a box with a
flexible hose, like a dryer hose, connecting it
outside. Use a little fan with a small solar
panel powering it as a powered vent if you
I don't know if its practical, but it does seem
like it'd work.

Just after I graduated from College I moved
back on campus because the rent was
cheaper. Well that was one of the hottest
summers in a long time and our rooms had
no a/c. I did have a microfridge though. I went
to the hardware store and bought a sheet of
foam insulation. Then I cut it the same size as
the door. Then cut a microfridge sized hole in
that. Then put the fridge and insulation in the
doorway with the coils in the hall. Kept my
room nice and cool...
Probably killed the fridge, but they could have
let us live in the a/c housing....

Joe K    Posted 05-03-2002 at 20:29:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm,could be wall ducted from a grille behind the fridge,if extended thru the roof and equipped with small (6"?)"wind turbine" cap,it would be self operating.Simple pipe damper would close it off in cold weather.

Ludwig    Posted 05-04-2002 at 05:28:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you could run the vent mostly up it seems like it would work mostly by convection, I had just figured the fan for the hottest times. Seems like the hottest times will also tend to be the sunniest.

WallSal55    Posted 05-04-2002 at 13:30:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
My 40W fridge bulb is burnt out. I have not
replaced it and will not until the kids holler.
Fumbling in the dark, but the fridge stays cooler
longer, not heating up from the bulb. I have
less spoiled milk and meat in the summer!

Barnkneefife    Posted 12-16-2003 at 20:54:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hee...Hee...Did Ya' ever wonder if that fridge light went out when Ya' close the door??

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