My microwave oven broke last winter. We have been living without it and not missing it much. If we absolutely needed to reheat, we used the stove top until it was warm enough. But in general, I tried to cook just enough portions to avoid having leftovers that needed reheating. Occasionally, we ‘made do’ with room temperature foods or even cold foods without reheating them and without too much sacrifice.
I didn’t want to spend $500 replacing an appliance that we really could live without. My Mom threatened me to buy a stand alone microwave for $100 for Christmas and I refused. I told her that I’m saving energy, in part, to make her stop bugging me but it turns out, I saved $52.93 in energy bill for not using the microwave….that is if I used it for an hour a day, for a year.
That might not be a lot of money, but look at all the appliances that we use daily and how much energy they use.
Look how much energy ironing uses! More the reason why I shouldn’t iron!
So if we monitor how we use our appliances, i.e. using fully loaded dishwasher, naturally drying clothes as much as we can, lowering the hot water temperature, etc…. we can save on energy bill a quite a bit.
Anyway, I hope this infographic will make you think about the rising cost of energy and learn how you can reduce your energy bill. Use the easy formula and calculate how much money you are spending using your appliances and go to the bottom of the infographic for tips on cutting your energy bill.
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