Thursday, April 10, 2008

Appliance Purchase Guide For Penny Pinchers

Not too many people consider their electric bill whenever they purchase appliances. However, for the money-conscious individual, being able control the electric bills is a great way to save money. Here are a few tips to help you purchase appliances that will make your life more convenient without necessarily bleeding your pockets dry.

1. Consider the appliance’s energy efficiency rate. Most appliance stores post their wares’ energy efficiency rates along with the wares themselves. These rates tell the consumer how much electricity they would expect to use with these appliances.

Make sure that you consider how much electricity the appliances will consume before you purchase them. This should be one of the factors to consider when shopping around for appliances. Although you may not feel it directly, an appliance that hemorrhages electricity will make a serious dent in your bill every month.

2. Consider your needs. While it isn't a guess at all to buy what you want, think hard and deep if the appliance in front of you is something you truly need. If it isn't something you truly need, then you might want to back off from it. Far too often, people purchase things that they don't really need. Aside from being a nuisance in the home-and something that eventually gets relegated to the garage-these things only waste electricity.

3. Go for gas if possible. If you are trying to save on electricity, you'll want to stay away from appliances that produce heat using electricity. These appliances are among the most energy consuming ones around because they produce that heat by a process that is both wasteful and inefficient.

For example, electric irons, curling irons, electric stoves and other such appliances waste electricity more than most other appliances. Instead of using electric stoves, why not stick to a gas stove. Gas stoves are more energy-efficient and won't make your electric meter spin like a top.

If you must use such appliances, make sure to schedule their use so that they are efficient. Avoid having to heat them up only to let them cool down again and using them again. If the appliance has to start from a cold start it will use up a tremendous amount of energy.

4. Go for florescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are one of the most wasteful types of appliances in the home. The incandescent bulb is wasteful because it not only produces light, it also produces heat. This means that the energy it uses doesn't all go to light. In fact, the light bulb only uses about 10% of its energy for light. The rest is wasted on heat.

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