Saving a Little Money With Your Home Appliances


Save Money by Using Appliances Efficiently

Home AppliancesToday, the current financial situation may require a much more stringent management of your household expenses. Domestic appliances account for a large portion of your home’s energy usage. There are, however, a few things you can do to trim the budget.

Dishwashers

Although these may seem like a luxury item you can do without, a dishwasher is actually a much more effective method of cleaning your crockery. Although in the short term it may seem expensive, you’ll massively reduce the amount of water usage in the home over a longer period of time. On average, studies show that hand washing can use around 100 litres of water each time. A dishwasher will do the job using only approximately 15 litres. Also, try to avoid using features such as ‘Rinse Hold’ if the machine isn’t full. You can save an extra few litres this way. Not only will a dishwasher start paying for itself on the water bill front, but you’ll be able to spend more time doing other tasks, which can be much more efficient and effective when you’ve got a lot to do.

Washing Machines

We all use them. We all need them. If you do want to trim a little on the bills then try to clean a full load instead of just doing one or two work shirts. Again, you’ll save on water usage but energy-wise it’s much more efficient to do a full load than a half load. An ‘A+’ rated washing machine can be up to 10% more efficient than a standard ‘A’ rated model. Again, over the long term, this can make the difference on your bills.

Cooking

Again, like a dishwasher, you might see induction cooking as an expensive frivolity, but they are so much more efficient than gas or traditional electric models. Over the long term, you’ll see your electricity usage drop in the kitchen as induction cooking is up to 84% more efficient than gas cooking. It’s also a lot faster heating wise. A pint of water boils in 3 minutes with gas. Induction takes only half that time.

Halit Bozdogan is a writer for Appliances Online where he writes about modern kitchen design.

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24 Responses to Saving a Little Money With Your Home Appliances

  1. Edward Antrobus 06/22/2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Induction may be more efficient than gas, but I’ll spend the extra money to cook with gas.

    • Paul 06/30/2012 at 12:57 pm #

      While induction does cost more than gas appliances, the cost has come down dramatically and isn’t the barrier it once was.

  2. Tie the Money Knot 06/24/2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Time is money, as they say. So in addition to using less resources, choices like machine washing instead of hand washing can save valuable time. It’s another factor to keep in mind!

    • Paul 06/30/2012 at 1:00 pm #

      I wonder how many people are washing by hand because they think they are money when in reality their savings are going down the drain?

  3. SB @ One Cent At A Time 06/25/2012 at 12:23 am #

    We do dishwashers only when its full, sure we had to buy more utensils and dishes but every day we are not running it we are saving money.

    • Paul 06/30/2012 at 1:01 pm #

      We do too SB. We also use the eco-mode and let the dishes air dry.

  4. Andrea @SoOverDebt 06/25/2012 at 10:06 pm #

    I only run my washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full. Sometimes that’s inconvenient, like if my son needs a certain shirt to wear for school (sometimes they have “spirit days” where they have to wear a particular color), but I like thinking I’m saving money by doing things that way. I’d love to have an energy audit to find out more ways to save, but my utility company isn’t offering them right now. :(

    • Paul 06/27/2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Our electric utility, APS, mails out an account analysis every couple months showing out electricity usage compared to our neighbors and some tips on how to reduce usage. We’ve managed to cut our usage but I think most of the saving comes from the fact that my son moved out of th house. ;)

  5. krantcents 06/26/2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I expect to save money on the replacement of my refrigerator. It was 19 years old and the new one will only use $53 per year in electricity. I bought a larger refrigerator (did not have a choice) in (original was white) stainless steel for about the same cost as 19 years ago. No adjustment for inflation.

    • Paul 06/27/2012 at 2:45 pm #

      We replaced a large freezer in the garage with a much smaller one since we were not using all of the space, I uses about half of the electricity.

  6. Brilliant Finances 06/28/2012 at 8:38 pm #

    I’ve been trying to convince my wife and mother-in-law that dishwashers are better than washing by hand. They also like to wash before putting dishes in the dishwasher. I’ll keep trying to convince them to save water especially in So. Cal.

    • Paul 06/30/2012 at 12:43 pm #

      Huh! I remember when the dishwasher broke when I was a kid. My Mom and Dad thought it would be a great opportunity to teach us self sufficiency, or so they thought, and had us 7 kids washing and drying the dishes. That didn’t last too long as they grew tired of our whining!

  7. Saravana 07/21/2012 at 2:41 pm #

    While dishwasher saves water, we should also consider the electric power it consumes. In a country like India, water sometimes comes cheaper than electricity. However, to save both water and electricity, strategies provided in this article should help. Thanks.

    • Paul 07/21/2012 at 9:30 pm #

      We have a gas water heater and use air dry to save on electricity.

  8. Robin @ Quizzle 09/12/2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I was running two refrigerators, one for daily use, the other for freezer. When I disconnected the extra one my bill decrease significantly. I love the dishwasher vs hand washing, you just saved a lot of people from the dish pan hands!

    • Paul 09/13/2012 at 2:28 am #

      We did the same thing Robin with a large freezer in the garage of our Phoenix Arizona home. Talk about an energy hog!

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