1.5.39 Defrost food naturally instead of using the microwave

1.5.39 Defrost food naturally instead of using the microwave


To obtain maximum savings by defrosting food in the fridge during the night instead of using the microwave.


  • By avoiding the use of the microwave significant savings in electricity can be reached

  • The frosted food placed in the fridge it’s advantageous for the fridge because the food temperature is lower than that of the fridge and so its workload is reduced


  • User acceptance

  • Natural defrost requires larger times of defrosting than microwave

Economic assessment

The cost is zero.

References and best practices

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Environment or playable world:

  • Residential

  • Academic

  • Offices

  • All

Carried out by:

  • Public building users

  • Owners

  • Operators

  • All

Reduce consumption of:

  • Heating

  • Cooling

  • DHW

  • Lighting

  • Electric devices

Type of driver:

  • Physical environmental

  • Contextual

  • Psychological

  • Physiological

  • Social

Time framework:

  • Short term
  • Long term

Type of measure:

  • Envelope
  • HVAC
  • DHW
  • Lighting
  • Electrical devices
  • Other
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