Appliances at Home - energy savings tips

Americans have appliances at home in numbers and variety like no other country on earth. If it plugs into a wall outlet, we'll be glad to take a good look at it.

After all, what good are all those outlets unless you have something to plug into them? Or, so it would seem.

Anyway, let's look at home appliances in the traditional sense, and in an unusual sense, starting with a home office. I'd say that computers, printers and the like all qualify as an appliance.

Turn off the office machines when you aren't using them. We're talking computers, monitors, speaker systems, printers, fax machines and what have you. If you aren't using them, turn them off.

Leaving them running isn't helping your electric bill, and it isn't enhancing the life expectancy of the equipment either.

When the Pentium chip was introduced way back when, the word on the street was that the chip got as hot as a toaster. Chips today aren't any more energy efficient. Feel the heat from the exhaust fans of equipment and feel the underside of your laptop. The heat you feel is energy wasted while the machine operates.

Now think of the energy used to operate it while you're not using it, and the energy wasted in heat while it is operating, and you'll start to understand how much energy you can save by having computers and office machines turned on only when they are in use.

A good energy saving tip for the kitchen is to use the microwave instead of the oven. You'll use much less energy to cook your food in this way. The microwave focuses on heating the food, while the oven heats the whole oven. You can't cook or reheat several dishes at once, but for most smaller applications, the microwave works very well and is much less expensive to operate.

The left over heat in the oven is clear evidence of how inefficient it is in heating something. The microwave doesn't exhibit anywhere near that much in leftover heat after the food is ready because it isn't heating air space.

Another energy saving tip for appliances at home is to use a toaster oven for small cooking tasks that require an oven or a broiler. Melting cheese on bread or fixing small snacks are tasks that a toaster oven can do more efficiently than a large oven. It's the same relative efficiency because the manner of heating is the same, but the volume that has to be heated is so much smaller, and that's where the efficiency comes in.

When possible, use the stove top instead of the oven. This is another of the kitchen related energy saving tips. The stove top heats a small pan instead of a large oven, so again, the volume being heated is reduced, and food is more directly heated whereas an oven heats a large volume of air first and then the food is heated indirectly by the hot air.

It's a good idea to keep refrigeration appliances full, especially upright freezers. When you open the door of a upright refrigerator or freezer, some of the cold air is replaced by warmer air from the room. If you have lots of items inside, it provides a thermal mass that can resist the warmer air as it attempts to heat up that internal space.

If theses type of appliances at home are nearly empty, it is much easier for the warmer air in your home to displace the cooler air and that will cause the appliance to turn on to cool the inside again.

A chest freezer is better at energy savings than an upright because the cold air inside is heavier and tends to stay there captured in the chest when you open it. Accessing the contents is more difficult in the chest freezer because things get piled on one another, whereas the upright allows you to put things on a shelves instead of deep in a chest.

My appliances at home include only upright freezers because of all the convenience the shelves provide. For me, the efficiency gained by the chest freezer just doesn't compare with the convenience of the upright. The choice is yours - implement this energy saving tip or pay a little more each month for the convenience of the upright freezer.

Done with Appliances at Home, back to Ways to Save Energy

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

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