We're all looking for ways to cut costs around the home. If you have a fancy refrigerator that makes its own ice all day, it's time to turn that sucker off, as it is one of the worst offenders of secret energy consumption.According to TIME.com, the average ice maker actually increases energy consumption by 12 per cent to 20 per cent when it's on — which for most people is all the time. It's not the freezing that does it — your freezer's going to be cold whether you have an automatic ice maker or not — it's the motor that dumps the ice in to the tray. Since it operates inside a freezer, it actually has its own little heater inside to keep the mechanism from freezing (is this sounding silly yet?), and heating elements require power. For a task that many of us barely use, and can be performed with a simple ice tray or two, it's a lot of waste. Hit the link to read more. Photo by Timothy Valentine.
How the Ice in Your Drink is Imperiling the Planet [TIME.com via Unplggd]