It's that time of year, well at least in my neck of the woods, when ice is becoming a staple in every drink! But I recently read on GreenUpGrader about what a hidden drain Automatic Ice Makers can be on your energy bill (not to mention on the bigger picture of wasting electricity IE: coal). According to a new study by the California Energy Commission, freezers and refrigerators eat up at least one sixth of all the energy used in US homes and that Automatic Ice Cube Makers are to blame! The little guy demands up to 20% of the energy used by your refrigerator. More studies will be made before the DOE writes new energy standards for freezers, but in the meantime The GreenUpGrader suggests switching to the old fashion ice cube trays to save on your electric bill. In addition, you can calculate your refrigerator's efficiency HERE. Just a little green living tidbit for yah!