Remember this post about purging the freezer last year? (Yeah, same photo). I went to sleep last night or woke up this morning thinking that we probably don't really need the extra freezer space that much. At least not enough to justify the extra space in the garage AND the cost to keep it running.
Now that I'm looking at the photo from last year when I cleaned it out, I'm really embarrassed to say that a LOT of the same things were still in there. Let me just tell you what wasn't in there and you'll get the idea. The butter, parm and 2 of the containers on the door were not in there. Everything else you see on the door was (the berries had been used up or pitched from last year and we did bag up our crop from this summer-hopefully we'll use them)
In the main part of the freezer, the hot dogs, ham, pierogies and the bags of frozen homemade pasta sauce were used. Also that yellow bag of something was probably eaten. Everything else was still in the freezer today. I pitched it all. Yikes!
Aside from the 50 lbs. of grass-fed ground beef that we stored for about 6 months, this freezer is not worth the cost. I'll make room in my kitchen freezer.
I will give you an update as to the energy savings-if there is one. If I regret this decision, I feel fine about finding a new, smaller, more efficient appliance.