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Energy Saving Refrigerator

Keep the door open of the fridge or freezer all you want.
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This device is simple, so i won't elaborate how it could help because it's obvious. It's a clear plastic door that fits inside the refrigerator door. It is on it's own hinge, and while the door is open, this plastic door remains closed with magnets on top and bottom to keep it there. Now you can look around all you want before deciding what to get while not wasting energy. JUst swing open the inside door, and get what you need. One can be used on the freezer too, but the plastic should be resistent to frosting up. Also, heat could be diverted from the part of the engine that cools to the tiny wires inside the plastic so it turns on when the doors open, just like the rear windows on cars that have defrosters running through the glass. CHau
nratzan, May 31 2003

Chow, Rods http://www.google.c...&btnG=Google+Search
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       what about the stuff on the side of the refrigerator door?
calculust, May 31 2003
  

       Gas cookers over here have been known to have such a glass door to allow cooks to observe the rise and falls of their souflles without losing the preciousss heat.   

       Also, //CHau// ? Do you mean "ciao"?
my face your, May 31 2003
  

       Could you make the whole door transparent? And transparent aeroplanes, cars, showers...(by the way, the Italian "ciao" is spelt differently in different languages. I presume you're Brazilian by saying "chao" (like my old flatmate in Barcelona who also spent much time staring into fridge)).
git, May 31 2003
  

       So far, I've found transparent inner doors on technical/scientific fridges; transparent doors on miniature domestic fridges and wine coolers. I keep thinking someone has to have done it...
lurch, May 31 2003
  

       As mentioned this is essentially baked. Further, I believe used to make a fridge with a special milk/beverage door in the door which is simlar. Finally, I doubt this would actually save energy. Most transparent materials we can produce transmit significant quantities of energy and while the door is only occasionally open, the poor insulating abilities of the door would always be in place.
belg4mit, May 31 2003
  

       you should be able to retrieve the food without ever having to open the door. have it fall into a tray at the bottom in the manner of coin slot drinks machines.
po, May 31 2003
  

       How about if fridges have full-fledged glass doors?
joker_of_the_deck, May 31 2003
  

       Seems to me that you'd still be wasting some energy because the see-through door would not be insulated. But I like the idea anyway.
mrthingy, May 31 2003
  

       //How about if fridges have full-fledged glass doors?//   

       Please pay attention. Rods has already pointed out that many fridges already have this feature.   

       But then the fridge light would be on all the time.
snarfyguy, May 31 2003
  

       How can you really be sure it's not anyway?
Zimmy, May 31 2003
  

       baked. and this is just warming it. This is done with many rotating vending machines. i seen one at the hospital. it had sadwiches, fruit, juice, salads. just take that and have a vending guy/gal to fill it weeky at your home. This would lighten the food bill and be faster than takeout. ps. to really save energy just put the freezer outside when it is cold outside. (doesn't work with fridges, if it gets too cold fruits & veggies turn bad)
I2RI, Jun 01 2003
  

       That's right, and eggplants are quite menacing.
thumbwax, Jun 01 2003
  

       Or a remotely piloted vehicle to rove throughout the fridge without opening the doors.
FloridaManatee, Jun 01 2003
  
      
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