The Importance of Energy Saving Appliances
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The Importance of Energy Saving Appliances

Posted on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at 4:12 pm
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My husband and I have been going over our budget, and talking about ways that would help us to save money.  We are hoping to be able to purchase a brand new washer and dryer sometime soon.  Instead of trying to figure out what to cut out of our budget, we are thinking of getting energy saving appliances and light-bulbs.  This might lower our energy bill enough to make a difference in our budget!

I found some really interesting information about energy saving light-bulbs on the GE website.  You can use energy saving light-bulbs in the same places that you are currently using regular light-bulbs so there is no reason not to start saving on your energy bill today!

The initial purchase of a 13-Watt Spiral GE Energy Smart CFL bulb costs $3.77 per bulb.  A purchase of a 60-Watt incandescent bulb only costs about $0.27.  At first, it sounded to me like the energy saving bulbs were a lot more expensive. But, when I looked closer, it turns out that the savings are in the replacement costs.  The 13-Watt Spiral bulbs last much longer than the standard bulbs do.  It is going to cost around $1.89 to replace seven regular bulbs when they burn out.  The energy saving bulbs last about ten times longer, though, so in that same span of time, I wouldn’t be spending anything at all to replace them.  They won’t need replacing!

The energy saving bulbs can save me money on my energy bill, too.  The GE website says that, in the same span of time, the amount of energy that the energy saver bulbs burn will cost around $15.77.  At the same time, the regular bulbs will cost around $50.16.  That’s a big difference!

I also learned that there is a brand of washing machines called EnergyStar. These washing machines can save money on my energy bill and water bill, at the same time.  Regular washing machines use 27 gallons of water per load, while the EnergyStar ones only use 14 gallons per load.  That’s about half the amount of water!  They also use less energy to run than a typical washing machine would require.

According to the Consumer Energy Center gas dryers will cost less money to run over their lifetime than electric dryers will.  To dry one load of clothing in an electric powered dryer, it will cost somewhere between $0.30 and $0.40.  For a gas powered dryer, it is closer to $0.15 to $0.20 per load.  Energy saving appliances, and lightbulbs, really can help people to save money!





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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.