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Stop buying big fridges,
middle class families told

Telegraph [UK], by Matthew Holehouse

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Posted By:Ribicon, 7/11/2014 10:57:37 PM

Middle-class families should stop buying large fridges in order to save energy and tackle climate change, a government-commissioned report has suggested. Families could save up to £36 a year on their electricity bills by replacing large fridge-freezers or televisions with smaller appliances, according to a study published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. The report found that the average family fridge had grown in volume by two fifths since 1985, amid a fashion for large American-style appliances, while the average television had grown by more than seven inches since 2004. It warned that the trend undermined

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Progress 2014: downsize everything so you take less of a hit from energy prices that are far higher than they ought to be, because the mentally ill who run the show view humans (the first-world middle class in particular) as a blight on the planet.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 7/11/2014 11:06:28 PM     (No. 9920619)

Leftists want everyone to live in those Soviet-style apartments with cramped living spaces, shoddy appliances, a tiny, grainy TV showing only state-controlled programming, and a shared Loo on each floor. Everyone but themselves that is.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Fosterdad, 7/11/2014 11:07:50 PM     (No. 9920620)

They´d really hate my family. We have two fridges and two stand-up freezers.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/11/2014 11:07:57 PM     (No. 9920621)

When you read a Daily Mail article, check to see if they are writing about the UK or here.

I have never seen a large fridge in the UK, where electricity is very expensive.

Our experience was just the opposite. We bought a new refrigerator freezer - larger, but with a better energy rating - and are saving a significant amount of money every month. The usage is staying down in the Tier 1 level, which has the lowest price. It used to go into at least Tier 2.

Having a larger refrigerator-freezer also means fewer trips to the market. Daily shopping is not unusual in the UK and on the continent because of too-small refrigerators and few freezers. And they buy their milk in cartons that can be stored on the pantry shelf, which is nothing like our nice fresh cold milk.

We ignore these "helpful" bulletins whether from her or in the UK. We like things our way...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: suejeanne, 7/11/2014 11:10:47 PM     (No. 9920625)

Well, I guess folks will need to cut back on those runs to Costco which necessitate those big fridges.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: uno, 7/11/2014 11:12:24 PM     (No. 9920629)

Actually they just want to make sure there won´t be a shortage of the large ones for all those immigrants that have 18 people living in a two room flat!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 7/11/2014 11:42:08 PM     (No. 9920663)

Ah, those evil, wasteful, middle class Americans!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mackrand, 7/12/2014 12:04:50 AM     (No. 9920684)

If you guys in the underprivileged world would insist on freedom and would practice unrestrained capitalism you too could live like an American and subsidize half the worlds population. Your biggest problem is thinking your governments are going to take care of you for life. This lifetime is not a free ride no matter what you believe.

It´s easy for us to see where you went wrong and believe me, we are KA and Taking Names of our politicians who want us to regress to the middle ages and we are not taking it laying down like you did. Take note that what we have was not easy or free and was in a lot of cases paid for with the blood of our Sons and Daughters.

So don´t tell us how to live our lives. We are getting along just fine.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 7/12/2014 12:12:24 AM     (No. 9920688)

The power savings between like a 19cf and a 21cf fridge must be absolutely miniscule since the larger ones are slightly more efficient per volume, that´s basic physics. I suppose you might lose a little more per open door, but it might also be more efficient with more spacing between items.

Just absolutely trivial.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: melanie, 7/12/2014 12:16:42 AM     (No. 9920691)

L-Dotters who are old enough to remember the TV show "The Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason, will join me in picturing Ralph and Alice´s charming little apartment as the new green ideal. These people want to miniaturize us out of existence.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 7/12/2014 12:23:03 AM     (No. 9920697)

I bet these morons don´t realize that operating an iPhone uses as much electricity as a refrigerator, when you condider charging, electrical power consumed by all the servers and phone equipment, cooling for that equipment, etc, etc. This is not an estimate, it is fact.

"Save the planet, dump your Smartphone"
(Let´s see how far that would go)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/12/2014 12:38:32 AM     (No. 9920713)

How about our Prius and Volts? Oh dear, do we want to keep our milk fresh or get to work this week? No greenie, but do feel the need to conserve now and again. Helps the pocketbook, too. When the time comes to save all string, used aluminum foil and every rubber band...depression has hit us. Our parents remember well and we continue to remember their stories. Including making clothes out of the large cloth bags of flour.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/12/2014 12:44:19 AM     (No. 9920716)

More than likely, people won´t be able to afford enough food to fill a big fridge soon.
Prices here have gone up a lot in the last month.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: agrunt, 7/12/2014 12:58:52 AM     (No. 9920723)

Well making more trips to the store for food does cause a larger expenditure in very expensive gas for your car. But you could walk -- I guess.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: web, 7/12/2014 2:34:19 AM     (No. 9920763)

Shouldn´t that be The Department of No Energy and No Climate Change?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/12/2014 3:13:54 AM     (No. 9920778)

It is actually true that now young middle class couples are very much into larger refrigerators in their modern kitchens. My niece and her barrister hubby bought a 200 yr old place outside Manchester. She could hardly wait to tell me new kitchen renovations would include a real American-size refrigerator. Of course, many Brits still have the small ones. I can see my niece saying to the Royal family, "ok, you first, to set the proper example."

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/12/2014 5:51:16 AM     (No. 9920823)

How long before the EPA mandates this here?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/12/2014 6:06:22 AM     (No. 9920834)

#16, it probably won´t be long. We have washing machines that don´t wash clothes because they allow so little water.

Our "high efficiency" washer won´t even let us use hot water. You set it for hot water, but you get barely lukewarm. Warm gets you cold.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: paral04, 7/12/2014 9:45:38 AM     (No. 9921068)

They could save a lot more money by shipping the free criminal and loading muslims living in the UK back to the middle east

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Islander, 7/12/2014 12:26:05 PM     (No. 9921341)

Whine snivel, moan drivel.

Get busy fracking and building nuke plants and you´ll have enough electricity.

Btw: [a] the climate is always changing, and [b] global warming stopped a decade ago.

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