It was not long ago that many homes in the United States didn’t have refrigerators. In fact, it was only in the 1930s that fridges became affordable enough for 60% of households in the US to own one and many people in the UK didn’t own one until the 1970s, that is pretty recent! Â (source: Wikipedia)
Before that people would grow food or go to the local store daily. Â In many other countries throughout the world, refrigeration is still a novelty. Â We take this novelty for granted, we can keep things frozen for a couple months, we can keep milk cold for a week, and we can go to the store once a week to have more than enough food to keep our families fed each night.
Last week, my husband and I were forced to realize just how dependent we’ve become on our refrigerator when the compressor went out again. Â Unfortunately, the compressor isn’t a quick fix. Â We’ve been waiting patiently for the part to arrive so that we can have the repair person back out to fix the fridge. Â All told we will probably go a week without a fridge.
And, we’ve realized that the fridge is more than a casual appliance in our home, it has become a necessity. Â Two coolers sit in our kitchen loaded with ice and the items that we could salvage when the fridge decided it preferred to be balmy and warm to ice cold. Â We have become fast friends with most departments in our local grocery store. Â The weekly grocery shopping that we took for granted have turned into daily trips for things that will spoil plus more ice to keep the coolers cold.
PG&E recently had a reminder on the radio about safety if your power goes out due to the stormy weather. Â ItÂ is a good idea to unplug all of your major appliances and wait to plug them back in until the power returns. Â With so many of our major appliances run by computers or electronic controls now, it really is smarter to protect them from the power surges that happen after a power outage to avoid more expensive repairs later.
So tip of the week, check to make sure your major appliances are working well. Â Maybe take a moment to think about what you would do if you had to live without your fridge for more than 24 hrs or a week. Â It is a good idea to be prepared.
I know one thing for sure, we are looking forward to having a nice, cold fridge back in our home.