Why Doesn’t My Freezer Have a Light but the Fridge Does?
Have you ever wondered why there is a light in the refrigerator and not in the freezer? We’ve all had these odd questions occur to us at some point in our lives haven’t we? Why is that we can open the fridge in darkness and browse the contents in relative comfort but aren’t afforded the same comfort with the freezer? The reasons according to manufacturers are mostly down to simple cost.
In general, people don’t open the freezer half as much as they do the fridge…the fridge however is a place for spending some time contemplating the various snacks on offer so a light makes sense…while looking in the freezer for frozen food is usually part of a lengthier process involving defrosting and cooking…which would take place during daylight hours when there is enough light to see by anyway. When manufacturers realised this they made the sensible decision to avoid fitting lights in freezers; manufacturers are interested in keeping costs down and not adding a light to the freezer is a good money saving exercise.
Another consideration is the fact that back before the 1950s, freezers were not made to “self defrost” as they are today but built up lots of ice over time and then had to be defrosted by hand. Of course there are still some models like this around and a light would be all but useless in such a machine! Manufacturers realised this and didn’t bother adding a light…and have simply carried on this omission over the years. In today’s power-short world, the fewer lights we have in unnecessary places the better! We’re living in a time where power means energy and energy means money not to mention a heavy price to pay in terms of environmental damage; so the less lights in places that don’t need them the better!
Saving power on your fridge freezer begins with not opening it as often! That sounds basic but it’s a simple exercise to think about what you need before you open the door…this stops your fridge or freezer from gobbling up quite so much power!
Asking simple questions like “why isn’t there a light in the freezer?” is a good way to begin thinking about power and how we use it…questioning our over-use of the amenities which the planet has to offer is always a great way to begin questioning our usage of these things. The power to change what gets used in your own home and how much is in your hands…you’re in control of the environment more than you think.
Next time you are foraging around in your freezer or fridge remind yourself of the choices you have in terms of power; don’t take these things for granted but rather consider and appreciate the choices you have. Use less power if possible, you will not only save money for yourself but make a small difference to the planet’s reserves.
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