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LG unleashes double-hinged door for added quick-snacking convenience

Friday, July 20th, 2012

As we all know, a fridge is a pivotal piece in having an efficient kitchen.  Over the years manufacturers have taken consumer’s concerns and have deisgned models to make things more efficient.  A variety of styles include, basic side-by-side or a french door fridge with the freezer on the bottom.  LG has pioneered a new design that is going to have a whole lot of new room for your favorite condiments, all while keeping your fridge cool.

LG released the design called a “double-hinged door” which not only opens up to get inside the fridge, but offers consumers a smaller compartment that opens up, revealing sodas, water bottles or condiments.  You can easily access the fridge’s deeper contents through the extra door, but this fridge is designed with internal dividers so that the main compartment doesn’t have to be completely opened if you just want to grab a quick snack or other condiment.  This will save on energy as the fridge will stay cool.

Refrigerator Buying Tips

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Refrigerators at Abt

Hello!  It’s Tim again and I’m back with more green tips for you!

Today, with the current heat level around here, I thought I’d talk about refridgerators.  After your HVAC system, your fridge uses the most energy of any appliance in your home.

When buying a new or replacement fridge, keep these things in mind:

  • Buy an energy star unit.  The slightly higher purchase price will be offset by your lower energy bill in the long run.
  • If you are in the process of planning product placement, keep the fridge away from heat registers and out of direct sunlight.
  • Look at a French door unit.  When the kids, or you, go to peruse the fridge for what you may want to eat, only having half of a door open lets less cold out than having a full door open.  This is one of the biggest benefits of a French door unit.  Plus they look great!

When using the fridge you should:

  • Plan on what you want before opening the fridge.  Standing with the door open quickly raises the temperature and makes your fridge work harder than needed.
  • Plan when putting your groceries away.  Separate which products go into the fridge or freezer.  Then, only open each door once to put it all away.  This is much better than opening a door for each individual item.
  • Keep the fridge at 36-38 degrees.  This is the sweet spot for energy efficiency.
  • Check the seal around the door.  Make sure it is in good condition, seals all the way around, and that nothing is keeping the door from closing all the way.
  • Let your leftovers cool on the counter before putting them in the fridge.  Putting hot food in the fridge is a sure way to increase your energy use.

With summer here, your fridge will get lots of use taking care of you by giving you cold drinks and ice to cool off.  Take care of your fridge by helping it to work as little as possible! For more information on choosing a fridge, view our Refrigerator Video Buying Guide.

Stay green!

-Tim S.