This is an instructable designed to cost next to nothing (except in the case of new things like dishwashers:) and reduce out global footprint. A movie I think you should all see first is this Link

This is interesting as well Link

Thanks to Greenpeace for the picture.

Also, basically, no matter what, whether you are a believer in global warming or not, this can help to wean us from non-renewables and save you a little money.

Step 1: Every room:

Turn off any appliances you either don't use very often or when you go on holidays.
Instead of turning heaters on high try wearing warmer clothes, and when the heater is on, close off any unused areas of the house and the blinds and curtains.
Instead of using the air conditioner just open windows when there is a cool breeze.
Lastly in the free section, make sure you leave no devices on standby. Standby in devices makes up about 10% of the average power bill.

Pays for itself:
The easiest thing to do is as a bulb blows buy a new replacement which is either a compact fluorescent or an LED bulb. These use a lot less electricity and last a lot longer. Led's last nearly forever and CF's last about 15,000 hours according to the package which is 15 times longer than the average bulb.
Remember though its even better to turn the lights off or just open the blinds! :) When you leave the room flip the switch!
This is a link to see how much energy you will save and to find out what type to buy!This is a link to see how much energy you will save and to find out what type to buy!

Another easy thing to do is to get eneloop or rechargeable batteries for you battery powered devices, for example wireless mice and keyboards, so that:
1. They stay on longer
2. There are no dead batteries being put into landfill.

Not free
Check your insulation, especially around lights and skylights and get it replaced or patched up if it is not completely covering everywhere or not working.

To keep a tiled room warmer try putting a rug down in winter.

What we have achieved this step:
We have reduced landfill, saved energy and become aware of how much energy we waste with incandescent light bulbs.
Dripping 3 times a second would be a ridiculous leak... Most annoying drips are once every 5 seconds or so... Or 1/15 of the 9500 gallons of water that you suggest that you waste.... 650 gallons. <br> <br>The real question is... What's the carbon footprint of the repair components? And What's the exact gallon amount before you're actually doing good? <br> <br>
Also if you happen to keep fish tanks, when you do your water changes, you can use the water you take out to water your plants. Conviently the things in the water that make it not ok for fish, are GREAT for plant growth.
We just had our apartment checked for shared metering and while trying to figure out what was using so much wattage, we had to go over every appliance we had with a rep from the electric company.&nbsp; He said big electricity users are refrigerators, stoves, freezers (especially freezers that aren't full)* and washer/driers.&nbsp; He said a computer, even with lots of peripherals uses very little electricity.<br /> <br /> * to fill up the freezer to make it more efficient, he recommended filling it with water filled, plastic milk cartons.&nbsp;&nbsp;They&nbsp;fill the fridge and can be easily removed when you need the space.
Dryer, bad? Why? No, you are just too paranoid about laundry system. Just leave laundry equipment out of this topic, because they are important to our life due to hygienic living.
Out of interest, how are dryers important to "hygienic living"? Dryers are the worst culprits for hiking up your electricity bill. Ours went up $100 when our flatmate got a dryer right before winter. It saves a lot of money to avoid using them except when extremely necessary.
No, not if you have High Efficiency washer and dryer. Dryer that uses natural gas runs cheaper than electric, and i suggest you to re-consider about that. Sure, the laundry is expensive for us, but it wont hurts to do it 1 - 2 times a week, separated loads at night. That'll give you a light bill because the night isn't the rush hour.
Sure... Who cares about that energy when we could use a free alternative. I understand on rainy days but otherwise it is just laziness, especially if you have a heater on already inside. An airier or hills hoist washing line will do just as well and the sun and wind seem perfectly hygienic to me.
energy efficiant dryers even use high amounts of electricity. you can use a clothes hanger that will break once every 10 years and can be replaced for $20 plus save you large amounts of money in the summer. I use the pulley type of clothes hanger and we can get huge amounts of clothing on a line at a time. In Canada it is now illegal for sub-devisions to ban clothes lines in their policy.
Right you are, but n o it is not banned, but have serious health warning, due to bugs laying eggs in wet clothes. But if you build a cute bugscreen outside just for drying clothes, then yeah i guess you could do that. Would you like to have a live maggot eating your skin while you are working? That's a consequence for leaving clothes outside to dry out. Oh! and, when drying clothing outside, the clothes gets little stiffy.
Umm... not everywhere in the world has "skin eating maggots"....
Of course. I was mistaken on my post, and found out the hard way of doing laundries at the cottage. I take it all back, but my point remains valid, it does get stiff, but its necessary to rub the clothes together to restore the softness on clothes. Beside, this is a old thread now.
I put my clothes on straight from the line, that makes them soft.<br />
&nbsp;Maggots do not eat live skin. I think it's a valid tip, if you have an energy efficient &nbsp;dryer awesome, but if you want to do more and have no problem with hanging your clothes, even more awesome. You could also hang a line in a basement. If you have a basement with a drain, you can hang a line down there and the clothes will dry AND help keep your house cool in the winter. They will humidify your house. For water to go into a gaseous state it requires heat, so (not by a ton) but it will suck heat from the air, leaving it cooler, a real plus in the summer.
&nbsp;I meant in the summer... wow... lol
Why is a Dryer really necessary? What's wrong with hanging the washing out to dry outside when it's warm? Solar UV will also help sterilise the textiles, which AFAICK, 'dryers' do not. Cheaper AND better!
I agree with stranoster. Even the most efficient natural gas dryer is still using a non-renewable fossil fuel as opposed to just muscle power. And the most efficient products aren't always the cheapest to purchase. I can't afford to have any dryer but what I have, and hence I avoid using it as much as possible. Having no dryer will still be cheaper than having a dryer, no matter what sort it is. This still involves washing clothes. It's just the method of drying that could be different. There's no harm in encouraging people to go outside to do some light physical activity like this. I still can't see how it's unhygienic.
&nbsp;Some other really great tips are to line exterior walls (walls that are against the outside of the house.. I can't think of a better way to say it) with book-shelves and books. Books act as great insulators and are awesome in general. You can also purchase or make some blankets and make a nice storage ottoman to store them in. We do this in our living area so that guests can feel comfortable as we keep the temp quite low. You can also try your hand at making your own&nbsp;detergent, toothpaste, and other such things, which save money and the environment :)&nbsp;
&nbsp;Start a garden! It's really simple and even just growing some tomatoes can save you at the store. What better way to use that compost?!
&nbsp;A really good tip is to&nbsp;separate&nbsp;your fridge from your stove. It takes more energy to keep your fridge cool if it is sitting next to a constantly warm stove. Just rearranging can be very beneficial. Also, using&nbsp;vinegar&nbsp;and water to clean in the kitchen and reusable dish-towels is another way to say money and help the&nbsp;environment. You can get nice white dish-towels at Ikea for 49 cents and just bleach them if they get really discolored, or check out a local thrift store.&nbsp;
&nbsp;Save* not say..
I don't know why anyone uses cooking sprays. Oil is easy to work with for nearly all applications (the one exception I can think of: waffle irons -- what a pain!), and it always comes in a recyclable glass or plastic bottle with a lot less processing and waste.
Or you could buy a Misto. It's a refillable spray can that just uses pressurized air.
&nbsp;Mistos are fantastic. You can buy a giant thing of oil (less containers) and just keep refilling the misto.&nbsp;
&nbsp;When I was in college everyone was talking about the next ice age. &nbsp;The other planets in our solar system that are not&nbsp;inhabited are heating at this time also. &nbsp;Our planet needs us to do everything we can to help it but I don't see any&nbsp;benefit at all to this carbon tax idea they are trying to pass in the US. &nbsp;We are a carbon based life form, plants need carbon or they will die. &nbsp;Car&nbsp;exhaust&nbsp;and industrial waste&nbsp;have many much more&nbsp;pollutants that we need to address.&nbsp;&nbsp;
That's a CRT monitor not a CFC monitor. I think...
That is correct, CRT monitors are the &quot;boxier&quot; models that weigh a lot more. It stands for Cathode Ray Tube. LCD&nbsp;(Liquid Crystal Display) monitors are the &quot;flat panel&quot; monitors that are becoming the norm now. LCD monitors can have different light sources in them, the standard is a CCFT (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Tube) which is basically a more beefy version of a tubular fluorescent lamp. These do a good job, but they do burn out&nbsp;eventually. Many manufactureres are beginning to switch over to LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamps in their LCD&nbsp;monitors and TVs. These use even less energy, emit pretty much no heat, and last for a VERY long time. They are also shockproof. If you can&nbsp;purchase a monitor that uses LEDs as it's light source you would probably save quite a bit of money over its lifespan!
I&nbsp;have a laptop that uses LEDs, and it makes a significantdifference in the power consumption, evidenced by much longer batterylife :)<br />
Also make sure that there is plenty of free air flow around your fridge and freezer, the cooler the environment they vent into the less energy they have to use cooling the insides.
Alternatively,if you are lazy about plugging them in and unplugging etc just run them all through a powerboard(double bonus if you use a surge protected one you are ensuring against damage).Make sure its a board with an on/off switch and just switch it to off when you turn your computer off!
Don't forget, if you're using rain catching buckets, to use a screen, or to change the water often, as stagnant water is where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
Thanks for the tip. I'll add it when I next edit.
About the fridge: you can buy a cheap but accurate (NSF certified) analog fridge/freezer thermometer, so you can adjust the fridge settings until you're using dead-on the least energy to keep within the "safe food zone".
Nice ideas, a couple of new ones to try out, thanks for taking the time to put it together.<br/><br/>Thought I'd let you know freecycle exists in many countries, when I was in the UK I used it extensively! Main page is <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.freecycle.org/">http://www.freecycle.org/</a><br/>
Thanks, I'll add that to the next edit. It should be sometime soon. Glad you liked it.
Great job. One comment even small trees are expensive bought from a nursery. Why not start your own in a pot then plant out. I have started mulberries, peaches etc this way. Seed came from picked or purchased fruit. Or a walk through most parks will yield fallen acorns dogwood berries etc.
Thanks for the tip :) I'll include it in my next edit. I didn't even think to put that in, so thanks again.
I leave my computer on to perfrom protein folding to improve cancer and other disease research
Just never break one of those florescents and tell, or else have hazmat called on you! Also I've had those compact florescents go out a lot more frequently than standard inconstants and not nearly as bright =[. i like the idea bout LED's but they not cheap at all]<br/>
Hope I am not duplicating the request...would like to see the bird feeder made with floppies? Thanks!
I just moved to a smaller apartment, where everything I plug into the wall other than the built in microwave is on one switch. When the switch is off, the only power consumer is the smoke detector. Nice not to have to stare at a constellation of multicolored LED's anymore while trying to fall asleep.
Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas by John Coleman You may want to give credit where credit is due to Al Gore and his global warming campaign the next time you fill your car with gasoline, because there is a direct connection between Global Warming and four dollar a gallon gas. It is shocking, but true, to learn that the entire Global Warming frenzy is based on the environmentalist’s attack on fossil fuels, particularly gasoline. All this big time science, international meetings, thick research papers, dire threats for the future; all of it, comes down to their claim that the carbon dioxide in the exhaust from your car and in the smoke stacks from our power plants is destroying the climate of planet Earth. What an amazing fraud; what a scam. The future of our civilization lies in the balance. That’s the battle cry of the High Priest of Global Warming Al Gore and his fellow, agenda driven disciples as they predict a calamitous outcome from anthropogenic global warming. According to Mr. Gore the polar ice caps will collapse and melt and sea levels will rise 20 feet inundating the coastal cities making 100 million of us refugees. Vice President Gore tells us numerous Pacific islands will be totally submerged and uninhabitable. He tells us global warming will disrupt the circulation of the ocean waters, dramatically changing climates, throwing the world food supply into chaos. He tells us global warming will turn hurricanes into super storms, produce droughts, wipe out the polar bears and result in bleaching of coral reefs. He tells us tropical diseases will spread to mid latitudes and heat waves will kill tens of thousands. He preaches to us that we must change our lives and eliminate fossil fuels or face the dire consequences. The future of our civilization is in the balance. With a preacher’s zeal, Mr. Gore sets out to strike terror into us and our children and make us feel we are all complicit in the potential demise of the planet. Here is my rebuttal. There is no significant man made global warming. There has not been any in the past, there is none now and there is no reason to fear any in the future. The climate of Earth is changing. It has always changed. But mankind’s activities have not overwhelmed or significantly modified the natural forces. Through all history, Earth has shifted between two basic climate regimes: ice ages and what paleoclimatologists call “Interglacial periods”. For the past 10 thousand years the Earth has been in an interglacial period. That might well be called nature’s global warming because what happens during an interglacial period is the Earth warms up, the glaciers melt and life flourishes. Clearly from our point of view, an interglacial period is greatly preferred to the deadly rigors of an ice age. Mr. Gore and his crowd would have us believe that the activities of man have overwhelmed nature during this interglacial period and are producing an unprecedented, out of control warming. Well, it is simply not happening. Worldwide there was a significant natural warming trend in the 1980’s and 1990’s as a Solar cycle peaked with lots of sunspots and solar flares. That ended in 1998 and now the Sun has gone quiet with fewer and fewer Sun spots, and the global temperatures have gone into decline. Earth has cooled for almost ten straight years. So, I ask Al Gore, where’s the global warming? The cooling trend is so strong that recently the head of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had to acknowledge it. He speculated that nature has temporarily overwhelmed mankind’s warming and it may be ten years or so before the warming returns. Oh, really. We are supposed to be in a panic about man-made global warming and the whole thing takes a ten year break because of the lack of Sun spots. If this weren’t so serious, it would be laughable. Now allow me to talk a little about the science behind the global warming frenzy. I have dug through thousands of pages of research papers, including the voluminous documents published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I have worked my way through complicated math and complex theories. Here’s the bottom line: the entire global warming scientific case is based on the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuels. They don’t have any other issue. Carbon Dioxide, that’s it. Hello Al Gore; Hello UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Your science is flawed; your hypothesis is wrong; your data is manipulated. And, may I add, your scare tactics are deplorable. The Earth does not have a fever. Carbon dioxide does not cause significant global warming. The focus on atmospheric carbon dioxide grew out a study by Roger Revelle who was an esteemed scientist at the Scripps Oceanographic Institute. He took his research with him when he moved to Harvard and allowed his students to help him process the data for his paper. One of those students was Al Gore. That is where Gore got caught up in this global warming frenzy. Revelle’s paper linked the increases in carbon dioxide, CO2, in the atmosphere with warming. It labeled CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Charles Keeling, another researcher at the Scripps Oceanographic Institute, set up a system to make continuous CO2 measurements. His graph of these increases has now become known as the Keeling Curve. When Charles Keeling died in 2005, his son David, also at Scripps, took over the measurements. Here is what the Keeling curve shows: an increase in CO2 from 315 parts per million in 1958 to 385 parts per million today, an increase of 70 parts per million or about 20 percent. All the computer models, all of the other findings, all of the other angles of study, all come back to and are based on CO2 as a significant greenhouse gas. It is not. Here is the deal about CO2, carbon dioxide. It is a natural component of our atmosphere. It has been there since time began. It is absorbed and emitted by the oceans. It is used by every living plant to trigger photosynthesis. Nothing would be green without it. And we humans; we create it. Every time we breathe out, we emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is not a pollutant. It is not smog. It is a naturally occurring invisible gas. Let me illustrate. I estimate that this square in front of my face contains 100,000 molecules of atmosphere. Of those 100,000 only 38 are CO2; 38 out of a hundred thousand. That makes it a trace component. Let me ask a key question: how can this tiny trace upset the entire balance of the climate of Earth? It can’t. That’s all there is to it; it can’t. The UN IPCC has attracted billions of dollars for the research to try to make the case that CO2 is the culprit of run-away, man-made global warming. The scientists have come up with very complex creative theories and done elaborate calculations and run computer models they say prove those theories. They present us with a concept they call radiative forcing. The research organizations and scientists who are making a career out of this theory, keep cranking out the research papers. Then the IPCC puts on big conferences at exotic places, such as the recent conference in Bali. The scientists endorse each other’s papers, they are summarized and voted on, and viola, we are told global warming is going to kill us all unless we stop burning fossil fuels. May I stop here for a few historical notes? First, the internal combustion engine and gasoline were awful polluters when they were first invented. And, both gasoline and automobile engines continued to leave a layer of smog behind right up through the 1960’s. Then science and engineering came to the environmental rescue. Better exhaust and ignition systems, catalytic converters, fuel injectors, better engineering throughout the engine and reformulated gasoline have all contributed to a huge reduction in the exhaust emissions from today’s cars. Their goal then was to only exhaust carbon dioxide and water vapor, two gases widely accepted as natural and totally harmless. Anyone old enough to remember the pall of smog that used to hang over all our cities knows how much improvement there has been. So the environmentalists, in their battle against fossil fuels and automobiles had a very good point forty years ago, but now they have to focus almost entirely on the once harmless carbon dioxide. And, that is the rub. Carbon dioxide is not an environmental problem; they just want you now to think it is. Numerous independent research projects have been done about the greenhouse impact from increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide. These studies have proven to my total satisfaction that CO2 is not creating a major greenhouse effect and is not causing an increase in temperatures. By the way, before his death, Roger Revelle coauthored a paper cautioning that CO2 and its greenhouse effect did not warrant extreme countermeasures. So now it has come down to an intense campaign, orchestrated by environmentalists claiming that the burning of fossil fuels dooms the planet to run-away global warming. Ladies and Gentlemen, that is a myth. So how has the entire global warming frenzy with all its predictions of dire consequences, become so widely believed, accepted and regarded as a real threat to planet Earth? That is the most amazing part of the story. To start with global warming has the backing of the United Nations, a major world force. Second, it has the backing of a former Vice President and very popular political figure. Third it has the endorsement of Hollywood, and that’s enough for millions. And, fourth, the environmentalists love global warming. It is their tool to combat fossil fuels. So with the environmentalists, the UN, Gore and Hollywood touting Global Warming and predictions of doom and gloom, the media has scrambled with excitement to climb aboard. After all the media loves a crisis. From YK2 to killer bees the media just loves to tell us our lives are threatened. And the media is biased toward liberal, so it’s pre-programmed to support Al Gore and UN. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press and here in San Diego The Union Tribune are all constantly promoting the global warming crisis. So who is going to go against all of that power? Not the politicians. So now the President of the United States, just about every Governor, most Senators and most Congress people, both of the major current candidates for President, most other elected officials on all levels of government are all riding the Al Gore Global Warming express. That is one crowded bus. I suspect you haven’t heard it because the mass media did not report it, but I am not alone on the no man-made warming side of this issue. On May 20th, a list of the names of over thirty-one thousand scientists who refute global warming was released. Thirty-one thousand of which 9,000 are Ph.ds. Think about that. Thirty-one thousand. That dwarfs the supposed 2,500 scientists on the UN panel. In the past year, five hundred of scientists have issued public statements challenging global warming. A few more join the chorus every week. There are about 100 defectors from the UN IPCC. There was an International Conference of Climate Change Skeptics in New York in March of this year. One hundred of us gave presentations. Attendance was limited to six hundred people. Every seat was taken. There are a half dozen excellent internet sites that debunk global warming. And, thank goodness for KUSI and Michael McKinnon, its owner. He allows me to post my comments on global warming on the website KUSI.com. Following the publicity of my position form Fox News, Glen Beck on CNN, Rush Limbaugh and a host of other interviews, thousands of people come to the website and read my comments. I get hundreds of supportive emails from them. No I am not alone and the debate is not over. In my remarks in New York I speculated that perhaps we should sue Al Gore for fraud because of his carbon credits trading scheme. That remark has caused a stir in the fringe media and on the internet. The concept is that if the media won’t give us a hearing and the other side will not debate us, perhaps we could use a Court of law to present our papers and our research and if the Judge is unbiased and understands science, we win. The media couldn’t ignore that. That idea has become the basis for legal research by notable attorneys and discussion among global warming debunkers, but it’s a long way from the Court room. I am very serious about this issue. I think stamping out the global warming scam is vital to saving our wonderful way of life. The battle against fossil fuels has controlled policy in this country for decades. It was the environmentalist’s prime force in blocking any drilling for oil in this country and the blocking the building of any new refineries, as well. So now the shortage they created has sent gasoline prices soaring. And, it has lead to the folly of ethanol, which is also partly behind the fuel price increases; that and our restricted oil policy. The ethanol folly is also creating a food crisis throughput the world – it is behind the food price rises for all the grains, for cereals, bread, everything that relies on corn or soy or wheat, including animals that are fed corn, most processed foods that use corn oil or soybean oil or corn syrup. Food shortages or high costs have led to food riots in some third world countries and made the cost of eating out or at home budget busting for many. So now the global warming myth actually has lead to the chaos we are now enduring with energy and food prices. We pay for it every time we fill our gas tanks. Not only is it running up gasoline prices, it has changed government policy impacting our taxes, our utility bills and the entire focus of government funding. And, now the Congress is considering a cap and trade carbon credits policy. We the citizens will pay for that, too. It all ends up in our taxes and the price of goods and services. So the Global warming frenzy is, indeed, threatening our civilization. Not because global warming is real; it is not. But because of the all the horrible side effects of the global warming scam. I love this civilization. I want to do my part to protect it. If Al Gore and his global warming scare dictates the future policy of our governments, the current economic downturn could indeed become a recession, drift into a depression and our modern civilization could fall into an abyss. And it would largely be a direct result of the global warming frenzy. My mission, in what is left of a long and exciting lifetime, is to stamp out this Global Warming silliness and let all of us get on with enjoying our lives and loving our planet, Earth.
All I've got to say is that if Al Gore doesn't like my "footprint", he can leave his heated swimming pool at his mansion, take his private jet to Boston and have his SUV-driving armada of a security team escort him to my house so he can tell me in person.
Jdurban Your posts reveal a person with strong and immovable views concerning climate science, that are derived from politically ideological pseudo-science but are unalloyed by any ISI peer-reviewed science. When challenged to provide supporting science for your views, you always change the subject, hurl yet more abuse and baseless accusations. Such a technique is commonly used by people who have expressed strident views regarding a subject concerning which they have very shallow understanding. Your attitude would be best summed-up with: “Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind is already made-up! Sayings that sum up your mindset perfectly: “You cannot reason a man out of an opinion into which he was not reasoned to begin with.” Attributed to Benjamin Franklin and Johnathan Swift. “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” Søren Kierkegaard, 1813 to 1855 Since you evidently don't understand or obdurately refuse to understand what science actually is, you clearly are immune to being persuaded by it. Conversations with people like yourself are unpleasant, tedious, needlessly protracted and are singularly uninformative and completely futile. One might as well as talk to a brick.
If anyone ever doubts that global warming isn't more religion than science just look at the depths these people go to protect their unfounded beliefs Look at the panic stricken "Totally_screwed" postings. For one that is so secure in their daffy beliefs look at the sheer panic and rush to judgment that if someone does not share in their ill founded religion that they have to be an unintelligent heretic. Wouldn't these types be devastated to discover that I have an I.Q. of 133, hold 21 patents, 3 pending, with a career of over two hundred product designs some of which are "Green Tech". I was developing green technology 20 years before the term was born. Just google "Jack Durban" or a quick tour of the U.S. and European office will suffice. You will also see that I work in the field of free energy and I am helping engineers to replicate the only modern era device that actually functioned and was not a fraud. I am an environmentalist right up to the wobbly global warming theory where it is so laden with half-truths and junk science that only a fool could buy into it 's many unfounded and unscientific claims. Now I leave you to get back to the lab where we work in the real world and not hysteria or agenda driven pseudo science.
I also think the Climate Change is happening. But even it would not I think it would be better to reduce the emissions of cars cause they pollute our world. And would anything bad happen cause of trying to need less energy ? mfg Daniel
The climate is always changing. It's a very elastic self accommodating system. Using less energy is not nearly as important as using the right kind of energy. If the the anti-capitalist environmentalist kooks would permit Nukes in the U.S. that would be a huge step forward.
Outside pays for itself - something akin to Shade Cloth on sun facing walls. We've done our western wall of the house (eastern has a courtyard, and doesn't get as much radiant heat) and it cuts down heat in summer hugely. Means the aircon is run less, and lowers bills.
Jdurban<br/>From analysis of what you have written, your education is limited to <strong>some high school</strong>. Which strongly indicates that you wouldn't understand the science, even if you had read it. <br/><br/>Never mind, I presume you understand the cure.<br/>
How about turning off the fridge before sleeping and turning it back on when you wake up? Will this damage the fridge and possibly spoil the food?
Some people, who have the right circumstances, have done away with their fridge. They are usually people with their own veggie garden or a food source very close by who can easily buy single-serve perishable food daily for immediate consumption, or at other times use non-refridgerated food. Living in a cold climate helps a bit. Vegans will find it easier also, as they will have no perishable animal products. It's a bit extreme, and I couldn't do it, but it's one thing to consider.

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