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Understanding the environmental impact of refrigerators

By Finserv MARKETS - Apr 4,2019
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The refrigerator located in your kitchen or dining room, which is a part and parcel of your daily life and routine does much more than store your food and perishables. Refrigerators, which are one of the most commonly used kitchen appliances, also emit greenhouses gases and chemicals which are harmful to the environment. However, the picture is not as black and white as it may seem. Due to the improvements in technology and the emphasis on energy efficiency and raised environmental consciousness, more and more customers are switching to more environmentally friendly refrigerators. With Bajaj Finserv EMI Store and its same-day delivery option, you can also switch to a greener alternative and purchase a refrigerator which protects the environment.

In the past, most refrigerators contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) and potent greenhouse gases (GHGs).  Such harmful gases such as CFCs were banned as they had a tendency to accumulate into the upper layers of the atmosphere and the existing chlorine would break down ozone molecules which do the crucial job of protecting the Earth’s surface from the harmful rays of the sun. However, most of these extremely environmentally dangerous gases have been prohibited by governmental agencies and environmental lobbying groups worldwide. Although new refrigerators still contain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which does not have any impact on the ozone layer.

While there are several environmental metrics used to evaluate the impact of a refrigerator system to global warming, perhaps one of the most widely used one is GWP. GWP refers to the index which measures the global warming impact of emission of greenhouse gas in relation to the impact of a similar amount of CO2. This simply means, the smaller the GWP, the lower the substance contributes to global warming. According to requirements imposed by several governmental agencies and lobby groups, any refrigeration system with a GWP equal to or higher than 2500 (with exceptions) will be banned from being placed in the market after 2020. Continuing to use old refrigerators, which have an enormous environmental impact, including the depletion of the ozone layer, acceleration of climate change and increase mercury contamination, is incredibly harmful.

Certainly, it may foolish to think we can step away from using refrigerators altogether no matter what effect they have on the environment. Refrigerators are an indispensable part of the modern home and are critical to the running of a household, not to mention the operation of several industries hinges on them. However, what we as environmentally conscious consumers can do is opt to buy more environmentally cautious refrigerators. With the Bajaj Finserv EMI store, you can have your brand new refrigerator delivered to your doorstep with low downpayment and no processing fees.

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