No Waste Tastes Great / Fridge Efficiency

My mid-week fridge was a little sparse, this week. Those who follow me on Instagram may have seen it.

Below is today’s fridge. A little fuller, you may agree?

Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

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Why?

Well I popped in a few bottles to fill the shelves.

Why?

Although my aim each week is zero-waste, I don’t like wasting money on using extra energy to power my fridge. After all I’m an advocate of conscious spending (so much so I was featured on a BBC consumer website).

Typically my fridge isn’t quite this empty by a Wednesday. But as food stuffs start to run low, I do try to fill it with non-perishables.

Why?

General advice about refrigerator efficiency is as follows:

“Keep Your Fridge Full – It takes less work to maintain the temperature in a full refrigerator. Just make sure your fridge isn’t so full that it prevents good air circulation (three-quarters full is a good rule of thumb).”

(You can read the whole About.com Frugal Living article on refrigerator efficiency here)

I’ve heard somewhere that storing wine in a fridge isn’t, particularly, a good idea. Whether that’s true or not, I can’t say.

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(I am in no way compensated for highlighting this wine. In no way. Aldi won’t know it’s being mentioned. But I have got to share. This is probably the nicest supermarket white wine I have ever tasted. Recently I brought my friend a bottle for her birthday. She opened it last Saturday night and this is what she text “That wine u got me for my birthday is gorgeous. Where did you get it from???”)

But it doesn’t tend to be in there very long, maybe just a day or two. Also as I am no wine connoisseur, it’s negligible whether I’d notice a deterioration in the wine.

However, as I said, it doesn’t tend to be in there indefinitely 😉

A good tip is to keep a couple of old juice or fizzy drink/soda bottles. Then as the fridge empties pop them in full of tap water. But that’s just one idea…

Do you have any tips on how to keep your refrigerator efficient as the shelves empty? I’d love to hear them, and I’m sure others would too!

And if anyone is wondering, after all it is Food Waste Friday, it’s my second week of zero-waste. Rachelle will be so proud. And hopefully Kristen will be too.

Talking of Kristen (the founder of Food Waste Friday and the inspiration behind No Waste Tastes Great)…Don’t forget to head on over to her’s to link up your Food Waste Friday post!

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{ 10 comments… add one }
  • rachellestrauss February 28, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Wow, two weeks in a row – that’s awesome. And thanks for the tips on fridge energy efficiency too. I knew that about freezers but didn’t know it applied to fridges as well.

  • rachellestrauss February 28, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Wow, two weeks in a row – that’s awesome. And thanks for the tips on fridge energy efficiency too. I knew that about freezers but didn’t know it applied to fridges as well.

  • Clare February 28, 2014, 9:47 pm

    Nice choice of wine there Jo! I think I can claim almost zero waste over here too! (I am not counting the kids lunch remnants – we can try and feed them but we can’t make them eat it! – or my leftovers that were supposed to be lunch on Tuesday, but, after developing a stomache ache at school, really couldn’t face). Keeping a list of everything I was throwing away really has made me more conscious of what I was wasting (and I thought I was being really good!)

  • Clare February 28, 2014, 9:47 pm

    Nice choice of wine there Jo! I think I can claim almost zero waste over here too! (I am not counting the kids lunch remnants – we can try and feed them but we can’t make them eat it! – or my leftovers that were supposed to be lunch on Tuesday, but, after developing a stomache ache at school, really couldn’t face). Keeping a list of everything I was throwing away really has made me more conscious of what I was wasting (and I thought I was being really good!)

  • Sharron March 1, 2014, 10:15 am

    I fill my fridge with water bottles to keep it running effciently. I like the Zinfandel Blush from Aldi, had other brands but definetly not as nice. Off to aldi later, will be sampling the white you mentioned, rude not to!
    Sharron x

  • Sharron March 1, 2014, 10:15 am

    I fill my fridge with water bottles to keep it running effciently. I like the Zinfandel Blush from Aldi, had other brands but definetly not as nice. Off to aldi later, will be sampling the white you mentioned, rude not to!
    Sharron x

  • Live and Learn March 1, 2014, 6:50 pm

    I use old milk jugs full of ice in the freezer, but will think about that now for the fridge. However, my refrigerator is usually fuller than yours.

  • Live and Learn March 1, 2014, 6:50 pm

    I use old milk jugs full of ice in the freezer, but will think about that now for the fridge. However, my refrigerator is usually fuller than yours.

  • sarahn March 2, 2014, 3:06 am

    Weird, but you could wrap up some bricks (so they don’t mark the shelves) and use them? I know we have ‘wrapped’ bricks around the house, they kept up the Christmas tree, and now they are door stops 🙂

  • sarahn March 2, 2014, 3:06 am

    Weird, but you could wrap up some bricks (so they don’t mark the shelves) and use them? I know we have ‘wrapped’ bricks around the house, they kept up the Christmas tree, and now they are door stops 🙂

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