Day 146 – The EPA says you should replace most appliances after 10 years. However, some appliances may last a little longer than others. I’ve been through a couple washer and dryers in that time frame, but the refrigerator is still plugging along. Energy Star has created a calculator for refrigerators to figure out if the savings justify the cost of replacement.
“If all refrigerators sold in the United States were Energy Star certified, the energy cost savings would grow to nearly $700 million each year and 9 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 870,000 vehicles.” – Earth911
Earth911 created a Buyer’s Guide for the most efficient refrigerators. They compared ten of the most efficient standard-sized options from Energy Star’s 2021 Most Efficient list that are currently available for purchase.
If you are in the market for a new refrigerator make sure your old one gets recycled. Many retailers will take your old refrigerator when dropping off your new one. Be sure to ask about their recycling practices.
Lastly, whether if your refrigerator is brand new or has been around for few years here are some good tips from Earth911, to keep it running efficiently.
- Refrigerators should be set to 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit and freezers to 0 F.
- If your kitchen layout permits it, the refrigerator should be positioned away from heat sources such as ovens, dishwashers, or direct sunlight from a window.
- Position the fridge a few inches from the wall to allow air circulation.
- Don’t store stuff on top of the fridge.
- Clean the condenser coils a few times a year.
- If the door seals lose their airtightness, replace them.
- Only store food in closed containers to keep the moisture levels low.
- Keep the refrigerator three-quarters full but organized, so you don’t waste time looking for things with the door open.
We don’t think about them, until the electricity goes out. But, our refrigerators are working hard for us everyday. We should make sure we are doing what we can to make them as efficient as possible.
Tomorrow, eco-friendly sunscreens.
Day 72 – I’m a member of a Facebook group called Chicago Environmentalists. It’s a great place where people share their ideas and suggestions on recycling, zero waste living and all things related to the environment. Lately, Best Buy has come up numerous times when suggesting places to recycle various items. I thought it would be helpful to share all the items that Best Buy recycles. If you don’t see it on the list, they don’t take it. To be sure, check out each category listed on the website for items they do not accept.
Before you recycle it, see if your item qualifies for the Best Buy Trade In Program or if it can be fixed by the Geek Squad Total Tech Support.
A note from Best Buy – Recycling is intended for residents only. Products from businesses and organizations, or items that present a health or safety hazard are not accepted.
Products they recycle for free (Limit 3 items per household per day)
- Alarm clocks
- Amps and effects
- Audio mixers / DJ turntables
- Battery backups
- Blu-Ray players
- Cables and connectors
- Camera lenses
- Camera memory cards
- Casette players
- CB radios / scanners
- Curling Irons
- CD/DVD Drives
- CD players / recorders
- Computer mice
- Computer speakers / controllers
- Desktop computers
- Digital cameras / SLR cameras
- Digital photo frames
- DirecTV set-top boxes/converters
- DVD players / in- dash overhead DVD player / Portable DVD player
- GPS / in-dash / outdoor / portable
- Hard drives
- Hair dryers
- Hair straighteners
- Headphones / handsfree headsets
- Heart monitors
- Home audio networking
- Home recording interfaces
- HTIB / soundbars / speakers
- Ink / toner cartridges – Recycle old ink cartridge and receive $2 savings on your next ink purchase of $40 or more, or recycle old toner cartridge and receive $2 savings on your next toner purchase of $100 or more.
- Internet TV set-top boxes/satellite receivers
- iPods / other MP3 players
- Keyboards (computer)
- Laptop batteries
- Modems / routers/ hubs
- Monitors – see below for fee related to monitor recycling
- Monitoring systems
- Phones / landline phones / mobile phones
- Portable gaming
- Portable LCD screens
- Portable media players
- Power inverter
- Printers / scanners / fax
- Radar detectors
- Receivers / boomboxes
- Satellite radio
- Security systems
- Sound / video cards
- Speaker systems
- Surge protectors
- TVs – see below for fee related to TV recycling
- TV antennas less than 3′ long
- Two-way radios
- Vacuums / stick vacuums / robot vacuums / upright canister vacuums
- Video game consoles
- Wall mounts
- Weather stations
- Web cams
- Wireless broadband
- Wiring harnesses and install kits
Products they recycle for a $29.99 fee per item (Limit two per household per day)
- Tube TVs smaller than 32″
- Flat-panel TVs: LCD, plasma, LED smaller than 50″
- Portable TVs
* There are no store drop-off fees in California. Stores in Connecticut and Pennsylvania do not accept TVs for drop-off.
Items they will haul away for $29.99 as long as you are having a replacement product delivered. If not replacing with new product the haul away fee is $99.99.
- Ice makers
- Ranges/stove and range hoods
- Wall ovens
With your help, Best Buy has collected more than 2 billion pounds of electronics and appliances for recycling, making them the largest retail collection program in the US.
Tomorrow, breaking down the 30×30 goal.