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Janet Doherty:
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The refrgerator doesn't have enough time to cool down.  In fact, during the winter, the freezer accidentally got turned off all night and in the morning, everything was still frozen solid. we're only talking about the machine being off for up to 30 minutes at a time, and then on for at least anhour after it.  I have not had any food defrost yet, but my bills have been reduced!

That sounds like a real money saver but I would watch it very closely.  You don't want food spoiling so your system is not for every one.  I would be scared about potential health problems so I wouldn't consider doing that.

Sometime last year, our refridgerator/freezer broke down and we temporarily fixed it by rewiring the thermostat.  the trouble was, everything froze solid, even in the fridge. To combat this, we used a wall socket timer, which switched the fridge on and off as many times as we wanted at 15 minute intervals.  well, we haven't stopped doing this since having the machine off some of the time has saved on electricity bills greatly. we need it on slightly more during the summer, but over winter, it is int he off position tonnes, and only on for about 2hours ata time!

1.  Limit TV, Computer, and Video Game time (schedule) for the children.
2.  Unplug or turn appliances off with a power bar when not in use.
3.  Make coffee and use a Carafe instead of leaving the pot on (save electricity and wear and tear on the coffee maker).
4.  Use crock pot as much as possible.  This and cooking double meals -- eat half and freeze the rest.
5.  Take advantage of natural light during the day.
6.  Line dry as much as possible.
7.  When running hot water, I use a rubber made tub to catch the cold H2O until it comes to temp.  I put cold water which would have run down the drain into the washing machine or use it for watering plants, dog or cat.  It really adds up!
8.  Also use tubs when I wash dishes.  a. They hold less water than my double sink.  b. rinse water can be used in the washing machine or for flushing.
9.  Bathe every other day w/ sponge bath inbetween and am careful about water level in tub.
10.  keep spray bottle of H2O and vinigar so I can clean up small messes on floor and counters...less floor scrubbing...less water use.
11.  Use night lights to prevent accidents at night.


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