Skip to main content
Observer Ethical awards Winners 2011

YouGen Blog

Freezers: out of sight, out of mind, and eating electricity

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 12 December 2011 at 9:49 am

'Now here is a serious energy saver,' writes David Ham, one of our shortlisted contributors. 'For years we have run without question - out of sight out of mind - two modestly sized freezers purchased probably 15 years ago. Over the summer with no heating on I questioned why our utility room always seemed warm. Then I plugged in my energy monitor to both freezers and - you have guessed it - consumption 28 kWhs per week or nearly 1,500 per annum. A new A+ rated freezer of similar volume is quoted at less than 300 kWhs per annum. New freezer obtained - 1,200 kWhs per annum saved for an investment of less than £250. Now how much was that Solar PV system?

To vote for this story, use the icons above to like it or tweet it, comment below, or email us

Photo by Steven Snodgrass


If you have a question about anything in the above blog, please ask it in the comments section below.

Like this blog? Keep up to date with our free monthly newsletter


2 comments - read them below or add one

Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 19 December 2011 at 3:13 pm

Great result!

report abuse


AshtreexComment left on: 16 December 2011 at 4:53 pm

Even craftier, I set about defrosting our ancient freezer and realized that I had fitted the entire contents while I did so into the freezer compartment over our fridge - which is actually all we need! bye bye freezer, and this cost nothing at all.

report abuse

Leave a comment

You must log in to make a comment. If you haven't already registered, please sign up as a company or an individual, then come back and have your say.