We Have The Affordable Green Energy Efficient Prefab. Where Are The Affordable Energy Efficient Appliances? Part 1
Honeychile, this is not about Energy Star.
Remember the super, practical cube freezer I found that has drawers I could then convert into a fridge? The rectangular shape allows the cook to quickly scan and withdraw items, the drawers open at the top to keep the cold air from falling out like it does in conventional refridgerators and freezers.
I would simply convert it into a super energy-efficient fridge like this guy did! And you would be able to do it too, yet still look sleek and mod for not too much money!
...Except they don't make this affordable, practical, dual temperature freezer anymore.
Oh no, they don't.
So I started researching. And researching.
Here's what I learned about this industry:
- Lower price points only offer the door-on-the-side, not the more effective door on the top
- The average price for a smaller, traditional door-on-the-side under the counter fridge at the big box stores is $89 - $200
- I discovered drawer refrigerators - utilizing the same efficient design concept, with the opening on the top
- Drawer fridges and freezers are a "luxe" item (who knew practical was so luxurious)- so you can only afford one if you're willing to shell out $1,000 - $2,500 for the same cubic feet!
- Yes. $1,000. Yes, $2,500. Yes, the same amount of cubic space.
- Really. Yes, really. This is where this industry is today.
I mean, Tree Hugger's Lloyd Alter and we can't be the only ones that have embraced the efficient top opening, smaller refrigerators! There have to be plenty of energy efficient, affordable, top opening drawer freezers and fridges out there... right?
Now here's some affordable evaporative coolers Mr. Alter mentions... affordable, sure, but swamp coolers and anything with high, constant humidity is not practical indoors... hello, mold.
Our prefab house kits are made with SIPs (structural insulated panels) that make the house incredibly tight, therefore energy efficient. Even with air exchangers that are a must for any tight, well insulated home, I still don't want to have a huge pot o' water sloshing around emitting water vapor all day and night...
- Here's an interesting ice box post... on many levels...
- I'm avoiding propane as an off grid solution because the refridgerators seem to not work well unless you want to use a lot of propane. I don't.
- Backwoods Home Magazine has a good overview of energy efficient refrigerators and freezers but they lack the top-opening design I seek.
So, now I know how efficient and better-designed a top-opening refrigerator is, how it keeps the cold air in instead of spilling out like your traditional side door, and... and I just can't spend money on something conventionally designed, knowing there's a better way.
What I find amazing is that the big box stores will offer wine cellars and drink coolers (kind of a frivolous niche...) yet none of them offer top-opening affordable compact fridges (kinda practical?).
Now I might be able to snag some amazing crafty deal where *I* get what I want for a good price, but that's not going to help YOU any, no?
So... stay tuned.
It might take awhile, but I'll be back with an affordable, practical answer for all of you.
(And more prefab modern house kit pictures and video coming next week...)