Did you know that -80 freezers are the most energy intensive type of “plug load” equipment in a laboratory environment? A freezer cleanout is a great way to mitigate this consumption—while saving you time and effort in the future! Organizing your freezer will make it easier to find needed samples, and eliminating old materials will free up space for new samples, minimizing the need for a new freezer. This is a great cost saver! In addition, by clearing frost buildup you will save energy, improve ease of access, and ensure the longevity of your freezer.
Two Case Studies:
In the Spring of 2011, two labs participated in a pilot Freezer Cleanout Program. Each lab cleaned out one –80 freezer and disposed of old samples. The following results were achieved:
Lab 1: 44 Boxes of Samples Disposed of, providing 2.75 racks of new space
Lab 2: 67 Boxes of Samples Disposed of, providing 4.2 racks of new space
Plan Your Next Freezer Cleanout Today!
- Schedule the cleanout. Have an annual lab cleanup coming up? This is a perfect opportunity!
- Post a freezer map on the door of the freezer so researchers can label their sections of the freezer. Contact email@example.com for a free template!
- Have each lab member clean out their sections and discard old samples. FREE foam gloves are available to FAS researchers to protect your hands from the cold while organizing a freezer. Email us to obtain your pair today!
- Review any miscellaneous or unidentifiable items with your lab manager or PI.
- Use a soft cloth or rubber mallet to clear away any ice buildup from interior shelves, doors, or walls. Be cautious to avoid damaging the rubber seals and gaskets. FREE ice scrapers are available to FAS labs to assist with frost removal. Email us to obtain your scraper today!