Traditionally, we used a small propane refrigerator that was a pain. It was only 8 cubic feet in size. The pilot light would go yellow and you’d have to clean and dust it to restore its normal performance. When in need of maintenance, it would also offer up a stinky propane type smell from the incomplete burning at the pilot light. We were really glad to replace it with a small, low power unit I found at Lowes.
The Replacement was a 10 cubic foot Magic Chef unit with an important rating. The compressor was rated at 130 Watts! The Energy Star estimate was 386KWh per year. That meant the power was relatively low when running, and nothing at other times. This unit cost around $300 compared to $600 or $700 for a new, small propane unit. Keeping the door closed as much as possible helps quite a bit.
Also, it helps to place this unit in the coldest part of your home, to minimize power consumption during winter months when the available solar power is lower.
Refrigerator Tips 2 and 3. Please leave your comments below!