As I pointed out in comments over on Crunchy's; this "unplug your fridge" thing really seems to push people's buttons.
The NYT story from yesterday has been picked up by; so far, Scientific American; TreeHugger, and Consumer Reports.
As usual, the overwhelming reaction is "these guys are crazy!" - but you might want to note that so far- none of them have actually talked - to me. And as far as I can tell, I'm the origin of this "movement", if it is one. Sure, lots of people have done without refrigerators; but as far as I can tell the idea that it could make sense in the modern world, as a way to cut energy consumption, was first delineated here.
I will, I promise, get a post up here that serves as a summary, since much of the discussion is currently widely scattered and rather non-linear. But it will take a few days. For one thing; Smidgen's 4th birthday is this weekend, and we do have a party planned (with icecream!). For another- a tooth I'd long considered healthy has chosen this moment to go bad; I've got to hie to a dentist pretty quick.
One quick point; for those folks brought here by this coverage- neither I, nor any of The Fridgeless, are suggesting that YOU "should" take this route. Not a bit.
What we're saying is- this is possible. It's not difficult, once you've learned. And- it may lead to much healthier lifestyles; beyond the energy savings.
Ok, TWO quick points. :-)
Pro-Fridgies will often say "the fridge is necessary in my climate." And they mean it. Never mind that most of the people living in the tropics - like Africa and India - live quite successfully without a fridge. And no, it's not just those in poverty. And never mind that all your ancestors, prior to 100 years ago or so- lived without them.
A little more actual thinking is called for, perhaps.