If You Really Want to Be Ecologically Responsible
A small fridge might save energy. Keeping a fridge a little warmer might save energy. Cooling food with ice from an ice machine will only save energy if the ice machine is powered by pixie dust and unicorn flatulence.
Beth Barnes, 29, who works for the Kentucky Bar Association, unplugged the refrigerator in her apartment in Frankfort last May to be “a little radical,” she said. After reading online comments from others without a fridge, she learned she could move condiments to a pantry, and that butter can remain unrefrigerated for a week or more. The main concern was how to store dairy products, a major part of her diet.
Ms. Barnes decided to use a cooler, which she refilled daily during the summer with ice that she brought home from an ice machine at her office.