Oasis Montana Inc.
Energy Efficient and Propane Refrigerators and Freezers
REFRIGERATION: FACTS AND OPTIONS
Your average conventional refrigeration unit uses 3500 to as much as 8500 watt-hours per day--generally real energy hogs! Next to air conditioning, water and space heating, refrigeration is the largest electrical load in your home. If a typical refrigerator is run by a solar-powered system, it may require as many as 12 to 18 (75 watt) solar modules--or more--a rather costly way to keep your food chilled! There are, however, alternatives for off-grid or back-up power situations.
if everyone in America used energy efficient refrigeration units, this
nation would be an energy exporting nation, not an energy importing
Other important considerations regarding swapping out your old refrigerator for a newer, more energy efficient refrigerator like the energy star refrigerators found here include:
We offer the Eco-fridge, an energy-efficient AC refrigerator/freezer by Vestfrost, a Danish manufacturer. These are not the cheap imitation "knock-offs" that are made in China but the original refrigerators from Vestfrost that are still being made in Denmark. The unit (6.9 cu ft refrigerator, 3.5 cu ft freezer) comes in white only and costs $1229. It uses only 750W per day at temp of 68°; 900W per day at a temperature of 77°F; and 1500W per day at a temperature of 90°. It has separate compressors for the refrigerator and freezer, and its tall, slender design is an attractive addition to any household. Exterior dimensions are: 78.7" height (2000mm); 23.4" wide (595mm), and 23.4" deep - excluding handle (595mm). Door may be mounted on either side; there is a manual defrost function for freezer; refrigerator is designed to accumulate little or no ice (depending on usage and humidity); and there is a control panel at the top of the cabinet with thermostats for refrigerator and freezer sections. Uses an average (according to the Department of Energy Refrigerator Efficiency Standards) of $47 per year of utility power. CFC-free refrigerant and foam. This unit is not only a great addition to your kitchen but is affordable and will save energy on or off-grid. Call for your freight on this item; lead time approximately 2-4 weeks. One year warranty.
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Propane Refrigerator by Servel
One of the oldest
and most reliable manufacturers of LP units, Servels are still available without
significant lead time, for $1369 plus freight. The Servel
Americana 400 series is their latest technology of fully independent
refrigerator/freezers. The absorption-type cooling system (no freon)
is quiet and dependable, with no compressor or other moving parts to wear
out. Choose almond or white for exterior finish with designer
beveled edges; 7.5 cu ft (5.6 'fridge, 1.9 freezer). CFC-free.
Outside dimensions: 63.5" tall; 23" wide; depth of
26.5". Door hinged on right. Features include all-white
interior with adjustable, removable shelves and door bins, plus two
vegetable crispers and a battery powered interior light. All models
can be operated on AC electricity if desired (but are not energy efficient
used in this fashion, using almost 4000 watts per day). Fuel
consumption averages (at 77° ambient temperature) 1.1 lb of propane daily
or 1.5 to 2.4 gallons per week. Swedish made with famous European
craftsmanship, these units will provide many years of use. American
Gas Association approval, of course; one year warranty. Call for
your freight on these units. Also available as fueled by kerosene
for $1550. The kerosene units do require additional maintenance (as
kerosene is a less clean fuel than propane). There is a maintenance
kit suggested for those interested in the kerosene units that costs an
additional $149; spare parts included are 12 wicks, wick raiser, flame
spreader, wick cleaner, and glass chimney.
Full Sized Propane Refrigerators
New From Oasis Montana:
Diamond LP Gas
Refrigerators. With their economical fuel usage, superior
construction, and large size, Diamond refrigerators fit the bill for
many families living off the grid or for those who want a reliable
refrigerator in the event of a power outage. No electricity required!
With a five-year manufacturer’s warranty and modern styling, these are
an excellent addition to our gas appliance line. The Diamond
refrigerators are available in 10, 15, 17, and 19 cu. ft. sizes.
There is also an 18 cu. ft. refrigerator-only model available All
models can be converted for natural gas use for an additional $50. Call, write, or e-mail
us for additional information on these quality NEW units.
New Blizzard Propane Upright Freezers
These New Blizzard freezers are also made by the Amish and are available in 15,18, and 22 cu. ft. upright. click on the link above for more details.
For your information:
Never run any refrigerator or freezer from any
manufacturer when it is empty. You should always have something
inside each compartment (at least a few jugs of water or something like
that). Air alone does not retain enough cooling for the thermostat to
properly sense the temperature; your compressor will end up running much
more that necessary. Also, your freezer will operate more efficiently if
full; if you are the sort who doesn't have many goods in your freezer,
add sacks of ice to keep it full. It will cycle less and use less
electricity. And, if there is an extended power outage, you will be the
toast of your neighbors as you will have ice to spare.