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5 Tips to Turn Your Icebox into a Low-Carbon Super-Fridge
Posted By dpacheco On February 19, 2009 @ 11:45 am In Nature & Environment | No Comments
I don’t need to tell you why climate change is very, very bad. You’ve heard the litany dozens of times (melting ice caps, rising sea levels, more unpredictable and stronger storms, water shortages). But what can you do?
First, it’s important that our government adopt  a saner climate change policy. Fortunately, early indications are that this will happen, with a new president willing to set climate policy according to the scientific data rather than political ideology. Ideally, the government will create some sort of  cap-and-dividend system, similar to what has been proposed and advocated by  Peter Barnes (Capitalism 3.0,  Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide).
Well, that’s all well and good, but what can you do, you—an individual, not a government—in your daily life to cut carbon and make the world a little bit safer?
Plenty. Private homes, added together, are a huge contributor to CO2 in the atmosphere, and the little steps you take to cut your emissions can have a big impact. Let’s start with the fridge.
Electricity used for refrigeration and air conditioning units comes from power plants, most of which burn coal, gas, or oil to produce it, emitting large quantities of CO2 in the process.
Less electricity used for refrigeration = less CO2
Refrigerators and freezers are never turned off—although they may not appear to use much energy, in an average home they can be responsible for up to 1/3 of the total electricity bill.
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 a saner climate change policy: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/index.php?p=1913
 cap-and-dividend: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/?p=1756
 Peter Barnes: http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/peter_barnes
 Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/climate_solutions
 Climate Change: Simple Things You Can Do to Make a Difference: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/climate_change:paperback
 Jon Clift: http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/jon_clift
 Amanda Cuthbert: http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/amanda_cuthbert/