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Oasis Montana Is Your One Stop For Energy Efficient & Eco Friendly Appliances To Compliment Your Renewable Energy System
❦APPLIANCES: FACTS AND OPTIONS❦
NOTICE: The Crystal Cold gas refrigerators have not seen a price increase for several years; due to base metal prices and manufacturing costs, we will be looking at some substantial price increases by this summer. Be smart and buy your refrigerator now to beat the higher prices!
NOTE ABOUT RECEIVING TRUCK FREIGHT ITEMS:
All claims for damage MUST be made at the time of receipt of the unit! Note any damage on the bill of lading before signing off (and also have the trucker acknowledge the damage in writing on the bill of lading) -- it's a relatively easy process to get a new unit or replacement parts if you do so. But not if you don't inspect it! If you have another person or business receive your appliance for you, advise them of the importance of inspection. If the appliance is extremely damaged, refuse it and call us immediately. If the unit is intact except, for example, a damaged door, we can get a replacement door shipped.
Freight damage is fortunately very rare, but proper documentation and reporting of any damage will expedite the claims process.
Refrigerators that were built prior to 2001 typically use much more electricity than more recently
manufactured models. Way back when, the DOE (Department of Energy) mandated that all refrigerators made or
sold in this country had to be a certain degree of efficiency based on capacity, and amazingly enough, manufacturers started making more efficient and better insulated refrigerators.
Oasis Montana offers several kinds of refrigerators to meet your specific needs. If you are trying to keep a lid on your electric bill, we have several Energy Star models that are very efficient. If you are off-grid and are interested in DC refrigeration, we have offerings there also, as well as non-electric propane refrigerator and freezer models.
The average refrigerator consumes more energy than most other household appliances. We spend over $10 billion
in the U.S., alone, to supply energy to our household refrigerators. The following tips will save you money and reduce
your carbon (energy) footprint:
- Clean the filter and coils annually: Most Americans rarely, if ever, get around to vacuuming out the filter and
coils on the back of the fridge. A dusty coil can increase energy consumption by 20 percent or more.
- Keep it full but not stuffed: A fridge and freezer will be able to retain their coolness better if they're full (and
will keep colder longer, if you have a power outage). If you're not at full capacity, place a few containers of
water in the 'fridge or bags of ice in the freezer.
- Think about what you want before you open the fridge. Every time you open the fridge to browse for a snack,
you consume around 9 to 13 watt/hours, which is enough power to light a compact fluorescent 60 watt
equivalent light bulb for 45 minutes.
- Let hot items cool before placing them in the refrigerator.
- Defrost the freezer regularly if you do not have a frost-free model. Ice build-up decreases efficiency.
- Check the door gaskets for a tight seal.
- Cover liquids and foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the
compressor work harder.
- If your fridge is older than 2001, get a new one. You're spending so much on your electric bill, you'll actually
save money. New models use less energy than a 75-watt light bulb. Be sure to look for the Energy Star
label (Energy Star and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for more information).
**Above tips compliments of Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
Other important considerations regarding swapping out your old refrigerator for a newer, more efficient
- Energy efficient refrigerators tend to run quieter
- Energy efficient refrigerators run less often, turn on and off less
- Energy efficient refrigerators release less heat into your kitchen
- There refrigerators keep their contents cooler longer during power outages because they have more insulation
The typical American home is often not designed for the most efficient
use of energy, but careful planning can save you many dollars on your
utility bill, or, if you are off-grid, save big bucks in the cost of your
power system. Our DC refrigerators and freezers can run directly off of your
battery bank, and we offer a variety of gas appliances that use little or no
electricity, and can run off of propane or natural gas. Do not hesitate to
contact us if you have any questions about the appliances we offer.