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Refrigerators an "unacceptable drain on energy"
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5 Feb 09  - For the past two years, Rachel Muston, a 32-year-old information-technology worker for the Canadian government in Ottawa, has been taking steps to reduce her carbon footprint — composting, line-drying clothes, installing an efficient furnace in her three-story house downtown.

About a year ago, though, she and her husband did something many would find unthinkable: they unplugged their refrigerator. For good.

As drastic as the move might seem, a small segment of the green movement has come to regard the refrigerator as an unacceptable drain on energy, and is choosing to live without it.

“It seems wasteful to me to use even an Energy Star-rated fridge,” said Muston, “because I’m getting along fine without one.” 

          If the Mustons want to live without a refrigerator, that’s their
          business. And if other members of the green movement want to
          live like pioneers, that’s their business. But stop trying to force
          the rest of us to live in the 18th century.

           What next? Shall we go down to the river to pound our dirty
           clothes on a rock?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/garden/05fridge.html?pagewanted=all
 

  
 

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