Save Energy in Winter with Frozen Water Bottles

Reduce the electrical load of your refrigerator during cold months by implementing this clever tip.

  • Ice bottles in fridge
    Help your refrigerator stay cool by placing frozen water bottles in the back.
    Photo by Tom Preble

  • Ice bottles in fridge

To save energy in winter, we freeze nearly full water bottles by placing them outside.

We then place the frozen bottles inside our fridge behind our food, and, as a result, the refrigerator doesn’t have to work as hard to stay cool.

Tom Preble
Peyton, Colorado

2/20/2018 3:13:49 PM

I paint the gallon milk jugs black, fill them with water and use them in the greenhouse. During the day, the sun heats the bottles up and they release the heat on cold nights, like last night and tonight.

2/19/2018 9:55:29 AM

This comment section is screwed up. You can't tell if your comment is posted and it often gets posted multiple times with no way to delete the repetitive ones.

2/19/2018 9:54:34 AM

I have a separate freezer and I literally fill every extra space with frozen water bottles. The freezer doesn't have to work hardly at all, as well it will help to keep the freezer cold far longer in case of a power outage AND provides drinkable water.



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