We have recently gone to throwing out non-efficient things out of our house ever since the economy took a bad fall, replacing it with stuff that are energy-efficient and cost cutting in the long run. Me and my hubby just did not want to take any chances especially now that two of our children are going to private universities; it might just be the best money saving decision we ever did. It was very expensive at the onset of course, with all the old stuff having to be replaced by shiny new ones, but the long term benefit calculated by my hubby was better than I expected.
The first to go were the incandescent light bulbs. They were replaced with more energy efficient LED lights, which can come in pretty spirals I really like. I didn’t really thought much about these light bulbs before they were pointed out to me by my friend, and after a few months, in writing this, changing it does seem to help with the electricity bill.
The next to go were the appliances, including the ten year old air conditioning, replaced with an energy star product, and the washing machine. The topload we bought as a replacement used less water, which certainly was even more efficient in washing clothes than the pricier one we bought ages ago.
The hardest, however, was picking the best small chest freezer. We were told how it saved more energy because the cold air from a chest style does not go uphill, while a regular upright refrigerator releases the cold right the instant you open it. I think the best website I saw is this one, as it really helped me with the perfect descriptions and such of what I should buy and how it helps with energy savings. Plus there’s not much frost that forms with a chest style as hot air do not go downhill, so it’s a pretty much stable environment.
So instead of buying another refrigerator, we opted for the chest freezer, placed under the cupboard. It’s one of our best buys that moment, along with the Bravia TV we bought at half price. We made good money on selling some of the usable appliances as well, and those that are too old were sold part by part by the hubby to some junkyard.
I think in this economy today, it is really important to set your priorities straight when it comes to saving up and buying wise. I did that with these energy saving appliances and months from then, I’m quite happy with the results.