Increased Freezer Efficiency

Use a few small chest freezers and an organized list for ultimate freezer efficiency and energy savings.

| August/September 2015

  • Chest Freezer
    Small chest freezers save energy compared to larger, upright freezers.
    Photo by Fotolia/Dmitry Vereschagin

  • Chest Freezer

We have a bountiful garden and freeze a lot of our produce. We also go to local farms to pick large quantities of fruit for freezing. Rather than use one upright freezer that would often be only partially filled and lose cold air every time it’s opened, we purchased two small chest freezers. Starting in early summer, we turn on one freezer and gradually fill it up. When it’s full, we turn on the second and fill it. Midwinter, when we’ve eaten our way halfway through each, we consolidate the food into one freezer and turn off the other. By late spring we’re usually only using our refrigerator freezer.

We keep track of what’s in each freezer by using a dry-erase marker to draw a cross on each freezer’s door, and then we make a list in each quadrant that specifies the food’s availability and location inside the freezer.

Linda Schmoldt
Portland, Oregon

TNTCrazyLady
8/11/2019 4:19:15 PM

Just an FYI: Take a 4 CF chest freezer and a 4CF upright freezer and the chest freezer will be more economical and efficient than the upright for the simple reason that Cold Air SINKS. So every time one opens an upright, all the cold air drops out causing the compressor to kick in to re-cool/freeze the contents. I have had food in a chest freezer survive a 3 day summer power outage, even though the freezer was stored in my garage while living in the southwest. The only items NOT frozen solid were my bread and rolls stored on the top portion of the freezer.




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