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Time: Your Icemaker Is Killing the Earth
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Posted on 04/18/2011 2:03:49 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Time: Your Icemaker Is Killing the Earth By Lachlan Markay Created 04/18/2011 - 4:37pm

By Lachlan Markay | April 18, 2011 | 16:37

This just in, courtesy of Time Magazine: Mother Gaia is dying and your ice maker is the perp. Continue churning out ice with your automated cube-maker, and you'll be contributing to the plight of the 50 million refugees the United Nations insists anthropogenic global warming has caused will cause by 2020.

Time took a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology showing significant energy use by ice makers and ran with it. Want to save the Earth?" the article asked. "Easy, just buy a couple of ice trays." The article goes on to educate "laypeople" (the actual phrase used) on the havoc their refrigerators are wreaking on the planet (h/t Moonbattery).

According to the just-released findings, the average ice maker in the average fridge increases energy consumption by 12% to 20%—a whole lot of juice for an appliance that is in operation 24 hours a day from the moment you first plug it in till the moment you replace it a decade or more later. The reason that number was so unexpected was that the large majority of refrigerators are refrigerator-freezer combinations anyway—which means they're freezing water and making ice no matter what. So why should the simple business of automating the process be so energetically expensive?

The answer, it turns out, is the tiny motor inside the freezing system that's used to release the bits of ice from the mold and dump them into a tray. A motor that is designed to operate in so cold a setting needs an internal heater to keep it from freezing up, and heating elements require a lot of power—in this case, roughly three fourths of the total additional energy the ice maker uses.

Certainly, on the list of big things that are responsible for global warming, the icemaker ranks a good ways behind the coal-fired power plant, but averting climate catastrophe is often a game played in increments and inches, and every kilowatt hour helps. NIST is thus urging refrigerator manufacturers to look closely at the design of their icemakers, insisting that there are "substantial opportunities for efficiency improvements merely by optimizing the operations of the heaters."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climatechangehoax; environment; farce; hoax; icemakers
idiots.......
1 posted on 04/18/2011 2:03:51 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Bitchelle is going to show us how to grow our own ice in her garden


2 posted on 04/18/2011 2:06:16 PM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ve done my part to save the earth....I gave up ironing!!!


3 posted on 04/18/2011 2:06:32 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sub-Driver; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Normandy; FreedomPoster; Para-Ord.45; Entrepreneur; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

4 posted on 04/18/2011 2:07:45 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap.)
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To: SF_Redux

I wonder what Michelle has been using to warm her garden considering that there have been several frosts since she allegedly planted it. Harvest time should be here in a couple more weeks.


5 posted on 04/18/2011 2:07:57 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Sub-Driver

Brain Freeze


6 posted on 04/18/2011 2:10:01 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: Sub-Driver
So I wonder if the author has gotten rid of HIS ice maker?

Every time I read these "sky is falling" screeds, I wonder if the author has stopped using whatever ails us before he posted the article. For instance, I would be more likely to believe Gore's view on global warming if he stopped creating so much CO2 flying around the world and electrifying his homes. I would really believe him if he intentionally stop exhaling CO2 to reduce "man-made greenhouse gases".

7 posted on 04/18/2011 2:11:13 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: Sub-Driver

8 posted on 04/18/2011 2:12:26 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: Sub-Driver

That reminds me...it’s time to make some iced tea. Good thing my automatic ice maker’s bin holds plenty of cubes. I like my iced tea nice and cooooooold.


9 posted on 04/18/2011 2:13:40 PM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Sub-Driver

The ice maker can’t keep up in the winter and today it’s in the 90s. Maybe we should install a couple more.


10 posted on 04/18/2011 2:19:06 PM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: FourPeas

2020? Why it seems like just last week the UN web-site said 2010.


11 posted on 04/18/2011 2:19:41 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Sub-Driver

For no reasons having to do with this tripe, we got rid of our ice makers more than 15 years ago. My wife worked at the dispatch office of an appliance repair company, and ice makers were the number one problem call. Pretty much more than the next two or three reasons combined.

And the company loved it, because they were a high profit margin fix. Right then and there I decided I was OK with trays!


12 posted on 04/18/2011 2:25:20 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Sub-Driver

Aw crap . . . my ice maker has been broken for 2 years . . . looks like I’m gonna have to get it fixed now. . . .


13 posted on 04/18/2011 2:25:35 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: kosciusko51

I think most of this crap is just sum jerk setting around thinking up sh!t up just to see how many dumb a$$’s will go along with it


14 posted on 04/18/2011 2:29:38 PM PDT by jrd
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To: Sub-Driver

They will have to pry my ice maker from my cold dead hands!


15 posted on 04/18/2011 2:30:28 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Sub-Driver

But I need the ice to counteract all the awful effects of global warming.


16 posted on 04/18/2011 2:31:01 PM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: swain_forkbeard

Note to self: make extra ice this Friday (Earth Day).


17 posted on 04/18/2011 2:41:08 PM PDT by SixIron (Golf and liberal thinking- life's great frustrations)
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To: RatRipper
Aw crap . . . my ice maker has been broken for 2 years . . . looks like I’m gonna have to get it fixed now. . . .

No worries. Just run a superfluous heater somewhere (maybe out on the deck) to make up for it.
18 posted on 04/18/2011 2:44:40 PM PDT by RightStuff1
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To: Sub-Driver

Okay, for starters, Lachlan NEVER GETS ANY ICE EVER AGAIN. He can go first. See how it works out.


19 posted on 04/18/2011 3:01:47 PM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: massgopguy

I’ve read this too. Can you cite to the specific web-site?


20 posted on 04/18/2011 3:05:03 PM PDT by uscabjd
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To: Sacajaweau
I’ve done my part to save the earth....I gave up ironing!!!

Me too!!!

But seriously, I've never understood the attraction of ice-makers.

I guess it's partly because I have an old house, which I try to keep old looking. Ergo modern-looking plastic-y crap in the kitchen has to be kept to a minimum.

I hate stuff that spoils the illusion, in the sanctuary of my kitchen, that I'm living in the good ol' days 100 years ago....

21 posted on 04/18/2011 3:05:33 PM PDT by shhrubbery!
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To: Sub-Driver
Actually, the heating coil in an icemaker is to loosen the ice in the molds so the levers can dump the ice...not to keep the motor from freezing.

The heating coil comes on for a very short time, and once the ice is dumped, it shuts off until the next cycle.

Here is a website with an automation of the process that even the editors of Time magazine could understand.

http://home.howstuffworks.com/icemaker1.htm
22 posted on 04/18/2011 3:41:24 PM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver

Think of all the trees that Time murdered to print it’s filthy rag.


23 posted on 04/18/2011 4:57:57 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Sub-Driver

Time Magazine is killing the earth.


24 posted on 04/18/2011 5:04:55 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Sub-Driver
An Appliiance Bed Time Story:

Once upon a time an appliance manufacturer needed to increase the volume of sales of their washers and dryers.

To their dismay, the Company found consumers, often kept their washer and dryer up to 20 years, mostly out of sight; and hear tell, sometimes in a musty basement. The pair had come to quarrel more over the years, as the dryer blamed the washer for her unbalanced load and too often bumping against the dryer; and the washer blamed the dryer for spending hours at night trying to finish the load. If one of the pair suffered appliance break down, then the one was replaced with much more friendly and younger version. Who saw them anyway. Age didn't matter with the two, but I digress...

The appliance store sales people had become bored with the washer and dryer. The manufacturer knew it needed to put fire back into their Sales Team's belly, so the company called in their design team who added a new front load feature. They also added a few new colors. An optional platform base to lift up the units, and the consumer would no longer have to exert as much energy in stooping over. The words were added: User Friendly. Everyone applauded.

The Green Team waiting in the wings was then called in. Promote the use of less water per wash load, they said, and consumers will feel they would be doing their earthly duty by Saving the Planet; and saving on the cost of energy. The "want" for a new appliance became a purchase of "a need" to conserve. Together we can all Save the Planet and save a few dollars on our utility bill.

Sales of what was once considered a boring appliance group, suddenly increased. The washer and dryer became a popular appliance again. The Company thanked their Sales Team, who thanked the Green Team, who thanked the Government.

Seeing the success of their washer and dryer, the marketing people called another meeting and said: "The refrigerator has become boring"--side by side, top and bottom; and stainless has been in for a while and looks like it is here stay, so we need a new edge.

They called in the Green Team again who frowned and said the ice maker on the refrigerator is not earth friendly aka it's the killing the planet.

The ENERGY FRIENDLY Government stepped in and said we will help you promote your product with an ENERGY STAR® as the consumer will feel even more justified about his or her purchase, if rewarded a tax credit.

So Company said: LET THE MARKETING BEGIN!
.... and The People and The Planet lived happily ever after.

The End.

Note it may cost more to purchase the ENERGY STAR® than the standard models. Also, names like "Energy Miser," "Energy Saver" and "Fuel Saver" don't necessarily guarantee a savings. Consumer groups say best way to determine energy efficiency of appliances is to actually compare information provided by EnergyGuide labels.

25 posted on 04/18/2011 5:11:44 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Sub-Driver

Has anyone considered how much liberals contribute to global warming with their endless spouting of hot air and greenhouse gas?


26 posted on 04/18/2011 5:48:31 PM PDT by piasa
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To: RightStuff1

You are right. The important thing is that the greenies consider my behavior malicious . . . toward them. I could never catch up to their waste. They have thrown more money up a wild hog’s a$$ than I can even imagine . . . and being trained as an accountant and in the banking business for over 30 years, I can imagine a lot!!!


27 posted on 04/18/2011 6:40:54 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: massgopguy

2010 / 2020 ? Convenient how they omitted the U.N’s botched prediction. Cue Emily Latella; “never mind”


28 posted on 04/18/2011 6:41:14 PM PDT by chiller ( EVERY Democrat on EVERY level must go)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Great story.

The term ‘greenwashing’ has been used to refer to fake ‘green’ marketing campaigns. Like the hotel claiming they are going green by skimping on giving you clean towels. ... greenwashing! So now restaurants will make you ASK for ice, and when you protest, they can say they are being ‘earth-friendly’.


29 posted on 04/18/2011 8:26:05 PM PDT by WOSG (Carpe Diem)
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To: Sub-Driver
Charles Manson breaks 20-year silence to agree with Obama on Global Warming


30 posted on 04/18/2011 10:23:33 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ll bet anything there are refrigerators in Time Magazine offices that make ice. Typical liberals... telling us how we should go back to caves and donkey-carts while they live in limousines and penthouses.


31 posted on 04/19/2011 4:45:02 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Brown Deer

LOL!


32 posted on 04/19/2011 4:47:43 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Brown Deer

Awesome! Can a Nobel Peace Prize be imminent?


33 posted on 04/19/2011 4:54:34 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: shhrubbery!; Sacajaweau
I hate stuff that spoils the illusion, in the sanctuary of my kitchen, that I'm living in the good ol' days 100 years ago....

Actually, if we can't successfully thwart the plans of those currently running Western civilization into the ground, in a little while it will no longer be an illusion... /g

34 posted on 04/19/2011 5:26:07 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Sub-Driver

A far bigger user of energy is the ‘self-cleaning oven’.

No one even mentions it.


35 posted on 04/19/2011 10:12:46 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: kosciusko51
No, getting rid of creature comforts, quality of life and stuff like that is for laypeoples. The elites, such as Time magzine writers, need not worry. Obama got them a waiver. You see, when you care, you've done enough.
36 posted on 04/19/2011 10:39:47 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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