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3. Kitchen and Bath > 42. Monitor the Refrigerator Door

Monitor the Refrigerator Door

Here’s a solution to the problem of a refrigerator door left open too long.

If you have a refrigerator or freezer with a door that’s hard to close, at the very least you’re wasting energy when it’s accidentally open. At the very worst, you risk spoiled food, which is what prompted me to come up with this hack. If you have kids who have a hard time remembering to close it properly, or stand there forever with the door wide open while they decide what they want, you have the same problem.

Here’s a simple solution: use your home automation system to detect when the door has been left open for too long. If it has been left ajar inadvertently, the system can remind you to close it securely. But if the reminder is triggered because someone is standing there indecisively, the reminder should prompt him into action.


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