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Old 08-21-2007, 11:16 AM   #1
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My fridge modification

http://www.instructables.com/id/ELG9RUYF5LD3PF6/



I stupidly forgot to get a baseline power consumption reading with the thing in it's normal, upright position :/ Damn.
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P.S. except that would really screw up the door shelving which I use a lot.
Yeah, I gotta figure out what I'm doing with that
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:41 PM   #3
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What brand of refrigerator is that? I assume the condenser coils are in the walls rather than on the back?

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Old 08-21-2007, 04:50 PM   #4
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Yeah, I gotta figure out what I'm doing with that
There's no need to play coy... I saw all yer beverages on instructables.
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There's no need to play coy... I saw all yer beverages on instructables.
No I mean the door shelves I can't place a beer on the door shelf as it's on it's side at the moment

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What brand of refrigerator is that? I assume the condenser coils are in the walls rather than on the back?
Avanti - some no name brand. But that really doesn't matter. I have another mini fidge (with freezer) "by" avanti. As does my girlfriend, but hers is Frigidaire or something like that. Both of them have the same part numbers, and mine was much cheaper Yes, the condenser is in the side walls (and a tiny bit in the top).
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Very cool! Now the question everybody whats to know: How much electricity does it save compare to when it was upright?
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Nice job! I want to do this next term. How much is it reading for energy draw? Can you try out a comparable one to see the difference?

Also, move the whole write up to the DIY section/here and I'll make it a sticky for this forum since it's really good.



EDIT: Is it reading 52W or 5.2W?
52W

After about 24 hours, it has consumed .74kWh which includes the initial chill. I'm going to ask a friend if I can plug in my meter for a few days to get some sort of a baseline.

I had an epiphany earlier today. If you keep this thing closed all the time, it likely won't be any better than an upright configuration. That is, the only benefit of this is that cold air stays in when open. So, that is to say that a beer refrigerator is suboptimal conditions for maximizing efficiency (except during a party perhaps). I think I'm going to transfer the beer elsewhere, and put everyday groceries, water, juice etc. in there so I can cut back on "papa refrigerator" usage --> I'm in an apartment with a bigger fridge.

Of course, the most efficient way would be to not use this at all, and only use the bigger house refrigerator

When you say "move the whole writup" - do you mean rewrite in the how to section?
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If you keep this thing closed all the time, it likely won't be any better than an upright configuration.
I was thinking the same thing today. Anyways, here is another environmentally friendly diy from instrucables.

Hack a Toilet for free water.

http://www.instructables.com/id/E5ZC...TEEB/?ALLSTEPS
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I was thinking the same thing today. Anyways, here is another environmentally friendly diy from instrucables.

Hack a Toilet for free water.

http://www.instructables.com/id/E5ZC...TEEB/?ALLSTEPS
I plan on doing that too I'm keeping an eye out for a derelict toilet/free toilet tank cover

They just wrapped up their "Go Green" contest, so there's some great ideas posted somewhat recently

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As an aside... Instructables is where I interned this past summer over on the west coast, so I guess I'm a bit biased on my opinion of them
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