Perfesser wrote:For the last few days I've had to do without a working fridge.
I've been cycling 3 x 2l pop bottles outside to freeze and taking the 3 from outside into the fridge. It's kept it passably cold when done twice a day.
I had a pal do the same with four large milk containers a few winters ago. It worked, but his wife was unimpressed by the effort needed to maintain it, and the lost space on the top shelf. I think a chest-style insulated box, with entry from the top, is necessary if someone were to do this long term. Too much precious cool air leaving the box with a swinging door.
It's always kinda gotten under my skin, knowing that, in winter, we use so much energy to heat our living space, then use even more energy to cool down the fridge/freezer. I guess ultimately what we're doing is heating with electricity, but it always seemed to me that the more efficient approach would be do to use the outdoor temperatures to refridgerate. As a former coworker pointed out, most people like the convenience of the electric fridge, it's basically effortless.