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Oasis Montana Is Your One Stop For Energy Efficient & Eco Friendly Appliances To Complement Your Renewable Energy System


Refrigerators that were built prior to 2001 typically use much more electricity than more recently
manufactured models. Way back when, the DOE (Department of Energy) mandated that all refrigerators made or
sold in this country had to be a certain degree of efficiency based on capacity, and amazingly enough, manufacturers started making more efficient and better insulated refrigerators.

Oasis Montana offers several kinds of refrigerators to meet your specific needs. If you are trying to keep a lid on your electric bill, we have several Energy Star models that are very efficient. If you are off-grid and are interested in DC refrigeration, we have offerings there also, as well as non-electric propane refrigerator and freezer models.

The average refrigerator consumes more energy than most other household appliances. We spend over $10 billion
in the U.S., alone, to supply energy to our household refrigerators. The following tips will save you money and reduce
your carbon (energy) footprint:

  1. Clean the filter and coils annually: Most Americans rarely, if ever, get around to vacuuming out the filter and
    coils on the back of the fridge. A dusty coil can increase energy consumption by 20 percent or more.
  2. Keep it full but not stuffed: A fridge and freezer will be able to retain their coolness better if they're full (and
    will keep colder longer, if you have a power outage). If you're not at full capacity, place a few containers of
    water in the 'fridge or bags of ice in the freezer.
  3. Think about what you want before you open the fridge. Every time you open the fridge to browse for a snack,
    you consume around  9 to 13 watt/hours, which is enough power to light a compact fluorescent 60 watt
    equivalent light bulb for 45 minutes.
  4. Let hot items cool before placing them in the refrigerator.
  5. Defrost the freezer regularly if you do not have a frost-free model.  Ice build-up decreases efficiency.
  6. Check the door gaskets for a tight seal.
  7. Cover liquids and foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the
    compressor work harder.
  8. If your fridge is older than 2001, get a new one. You're spending so much on your electric bill, you'll actually
    save money. New models use less energy than a 75-watt light bulb. Be sure to look for the Energy Star
    label (Energy Star and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for more information).
  9. **Above tips compliments of Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

    Other important considerations regarding swapping out your old refrigerator for a newer, more efficient
    model include:

    • Energy efficient refrigerators tend to run quieter.
    • Energy efficient refrigerators run less often, turn on and off less.
    • Enegry efficient refrigerators release less heat into your kitchen.
    • There refrigerators keep their contents cooler longer during power outages because they have more insulation.