We need a new fridge. Our old one, which will be taken away by a freecycler on Sunday, is so noisy and so inefficient that we have decided after nearly three years afloat that we are going to splash out on a proper 12V low energy fridge. Last night we removed and deconnected the old one, which was chained in (as per Boat Safety regs) and proved difficult to get out as a result. But it's now ready to go. We also discovered a gas pipe which used to connect to the old gas fridge, which needs capping off, but that's another story for another post!
Eversince we began living off-grid, we've got out of the habit of storing chilled food. In the winter, it's OK to keep things outside, and in high summer the solar panel keeps up with the fridge's energy demand. But for a lot of the year it's not cold enough outside or sunny enough to keep up with the dodgy fridge. I am so looking forwards to being able to take advantage of buy one get one free offers, store leftovers, and make and store larger quantities of all sorts of delicious things. I think we're going to go for one of these from Shoreline:
I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to get one with a freezer compartment (it's cheaper to get one with for some reason, but we've had issues with our old one dripping). But I think a new one will not suffer from this and it will occasionally be useful to be able to buy the odd frozen meal, or freeze leftovers, or buy icecream in the summer. And let's not forget the importance of having ice to go in a G&T with a slice of lime not lemon on a hot summer's day!
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