Our new fridge came today. This is exciting only if you knew how much I truly hated our old fridge, which is a useless side-by-side.
I've been complaining (vociferously) about the old one ever since we moved in two years ago, and I dunno, I guess the planets lined up correctly because Steve went for it this weekend. I was dawdling on our way into Home Depot, so Steve wandered over to the appliance section to look at the refrigerators. They had a ten percent off special, and the sales guy gave us all the dope on the tax credit and the $50 rebate from the Energy Trust of Oregon. Since the special was on until Wednesday and it was only Saturday, we said we'd think about it.
Steve looked up the energy usage of the old fridge, which turned out to be almost twice as much as the new fridge, even though the old fridge, which was built in 1999, was an energy star at the time. He calculated that even if we kept the old fridge for nine more years, we would save $386. His calculation didn't factor in the rising cost of energy, so the energy savings potential was even higher.
Coolbot folks recommend LG air conditioners over all else. I figure that with the thousands of Coolbots sold, and the Coolbot people recommending LG air conditioners over all else, LG must understand refrigeration pretty well. In addition, the LG label at the store indicated that this model refrigerator (which was the twenty-five cubic feet size) uses thirty percent less energy than the minimum cited by the government. The yellow Energyguide label shows the energy consumption to be lower than their minimum as well.
All in all, I'm really happy with this turn of events.
I think this means that I have to be a good girl going forward, because this thing goes off the charts on my happiness meter.
I realize that probably doesn't say much about my sophistication, but I really, really hated the old fridge.