Energy Consuming Igloo

Energy Consuming Igloo
When you think of an igloo, what kind of things come to mind? Blocks of ice, snow, cold weather, eskimos maybe – but never refrigerators! German artist Ralf Schmerberg built an igloo made entirely of old discarded refrigerators in the middle of Hamburg, Germany. He used a total of 322 refrigerators which he connected to a tower of electronics inside the igloo. But why would someone take the time and energy to build such a random and massive structure? According to Schmerberg, the project was in aims to raise awareness of the amount of energy wasted by people and to show that society’s desire for newer electronics is ruining the environment. He told AOL news, “We are playing with this fetish that we think we have a better life if we use better electronic devices…they make us lazy stupid, tired, and useless.”
Schmerberg included an electricity meter on the outside of his structure to show the public how much energy would be consumed by the refrigerators. The meter proved that with more efficient use, Germany could save around 40% more energy. Although new and old fridges may look the same on the outside, an efficient new refrigerator actually consumes half the electricity a ten-year-old fridge consumes. Schmerberg has definitely made his point and quite possibly caused people to stop and think about how they consume energy. If you want to join in the fight to conserve energy, it might be time to examine the way your refrigerator is working. Give us a call at Allen & Sons, we would be happy to check out your fridge.
First seen @inhabitat.com

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