Weighing up the Costs

We bought our freezer a little over 40 years ago. It has been going strong all that time. They just don’t make appliances like they used to. These days they are not made to last any length of time.

At the stage when we bought our freezer, they were still relatively new in Australia. It was expensive but we took out a loan and paid if off. That freezer has been without doubt one of the best investments we ever made. Over the years it has saved us a lot of money by being able to buy in bulk and buy meat when it is on special or freeze our own vegetables when there is a glut or just have meals ready for crisis times.

However there comes a time when you have to decide if the appliance is costing you too much money. No, I’m not advocating getting rid of the freezer. No Way! But there comes a time when you may have to consider if it is costing you more in electricity that it ought.

While those old freezers and fridges may still be working, they may in fact be using more electricity and not be as efficient as the newer models. With electricity costs going up all the time, Mick has been keeping a keen eye on our electricity usage of late. Since we finally took the plunge and replaced the old upright freezer with a new model the electricity usage has gone down a little. That’s the thing with electricity, every little saving counts.

The best advice is to learn how to read your electricity meter and keep an eye on usage. You might be surprised to discover that some appliances are using a lot more electricity than you thought. Then you will need to decide if it is cheaper to persist with an inadequate and out dated appliance or to replace it with something that will save you money in the long run.

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