Trashing the Fridge

How far will you go to reduce your carbon footprint?  Check out this great article from The New York Times that shows what some people are willing to go without to become more environmental responsible….

By STEVEN KURUTZ Published: February 4, 2009

FOR the last 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 decided to "go big" in her effort to be more environmentally responsible, she said. After mulling the idea over for several weeks, she and her husband, Scott Young, did something many would find unthinkable: they unplugged their refrigerator. For good.

"It's been a while, and we're pretty happy," Ms. Muston said recently. "We're surprised at how easy it's been."

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. In spite of its ubiquity – 99.5 percent of American homes have one – these advocates say the refrigerator is unnecessary, as long as one is careful about shopping choices and food storage