Today, a refrigerator is a must-have appliance for any homeowner or renter. It keeps our water and beverages cold. It stores our ice cream until we crave it. And, it preserves all our meat, chicken, and beef for a long time until the time we cook them for a hot meal.
In short, we’ve obtained quite the convenience thanks to the invention of the refrigerator. But there’s also quite the disadvantage of owning one, especially when a power outage occurs. These advantages are not a deal breaker when it comes to having this appliance. These are just the “cold” truths when it comes to owning a refrigerator.
On that note, we’ll tackle those disadvantages and how to overcome them.
Refrigerator, Expenses, and Power Outages
A fridge is an appliance that is plugged in at all times. It runs 24/7, 365 days, and all year round. Thus, a percentage of our electric bill is from its non-stop usage.
On average, the refrigerator consumes about 600-800kWh per year, which is about 50kWh per month at the minimum and 1.64kWh minimum per day. It can cost about $20 on average per month and about $235 per year on your electric bills. This amount covers 18% to 20% of a typical American electric bill and usage.
It will vary depending on your refrigerator model, state, region, and season, among other things.
Meanwhile, one of the first problems that arise during a power outage is the state of your perishables inside the refrigerator. How much time do you have before they go bad?
The likely answer is it depends. Because first and foremost you don’t know when the electricity will be back. And it also depends on how much food is inside the fridge, the day’s temperature, and how many times its door is going to be opened during the outage.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the refrigerator can only maintain the right temperature to preserve food for only a few hours when not actively working.
Keeping the doors closed as much as possible can prolong food safety. But as the hours go by without the power being restored then you have to start thinking about how to eat or preserve the food inside.
How to make most of the Disadvantages “Poof”
The two mentioned disadvantages above can be erased; by having it plugged into a solar generator. With this, you can be sure that it will always have power even when there’s a power outage. It can also help you reduce your electric bill by using it as a power source alongside the power grid.
But, there is a caveat.
Certain specifications should be taken into consideration when choosing a solar generator for a refrigerator.
To ensure the appliance's continued efficiency, the generator’s watt allowance should be more than the fridge’s starting watt. So, if you have a refrigerator with a 1,000-watt capacity, then the generator's capacity should be more than a thousand.
Nature’s Platinum System can cover that power requirement for its users. It can provide up to 1,800W AC power and can recharge through solar and wind energy.
It is equipped with three 100w solar panels to catch the sunlight, convert it into power, and store it for future use. It also has Nature’s generator and power pods for storing the sun's extracted energy. And it has a universal heavy-duty cart to help you move it around when needed.
This system can provide at least 20-30 hours of power to a regular-sized refrigerator during a power outage. Meanwhile, a mini fridge can last between 30-40 hours with this system. Thus, it gives you ample time to eat your perishable products and create other plans to keep your food safe if the power outage continues for a couple of days or more.
Another upside of using a gasless generator is not having to worry about any toxic fumes when in use-making it quite safe to be used indoors. Not to mention, the fact that you don’t have to be concerned and weary about hearing loud noises when using it.
To help you look for the right generator for your fridge, here’s a list of things to keep in mind:
- Age - Are you using an old model or a newer one? Current refrigerator models are designed to be energy efficient while the older isn’t. Thus, you’re going to need more energy to keep an older fridge running during a power outage.
- Size and type - Like any gadget or appliance, the power output is also dependent on the size and type of a refrigerator. The larger and older a model is, the more likely it is to need more power for it to run.
A quick pro tip when it comes to where to place your refrigerator:
- Location and Season - If you have your refrigerator in your garage, it is likely to consume more power during summer because of the ambient temperature. So, be sure to keep this in mind as this can also increase your power consumption and your electric bill.
A refrigerator is an essential appliance for our day-to-day living. One of the no-brainer appliances that’s always included in our list of must-haves when moving to a new place.
It keeps our food fresh and safe for us to consume. It is always there in making us feel refreshed whenever we want a cold glass of water or a bottle of soda.
But they can also give us quite a headache because of how much we need to pay for its electricity or during a power outage.
That is why it is a good idea to start considering using a solar generator for your refrigerator. It gives homeowners peace of mind and worry-free during occasions when the power is out. And, may help reduce the electric bill when properly used alongside the power grid.
So, if you also want to achieve that peace of mind, you may contact us and we can assist you to gain that zen.