refrigerator http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3919/all en-US This Is How Long These 6 Appliances Should Last http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000048739104_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ain't it the truth that appliances have a funny way of breaking at the worst possible times?</p> <p>Your refrigerator stops running as soon as you fill it with a couple weeks' worth of groceries, or your central air conditioning bites the big one during a heat wave in July. All is not always lost, however. In many cases, the appliance can be fixed. For a couple hundred bucks you might be able to squeeze a few extra years out of it.</p> <p>Alas, nothing lasts forever &ndash; and knowing the life expectancy of home appliances gives you an idea of when you should start saving for a replacement. Let's break down a few of the big ones.&nbsp;</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-on-appliances-at-any-time-of-year?ref=seealso">How to Save Money on Appliances Any Time of the Year</a></p> <h2>1. Refrigerator</h2> <p>Your refrigerator might be the most expensive appliance in your kitchen. You can spend under $1,000 for a refrigerator on the low end, or up to several thousands of dollars if you get a fancy model with all the bells and whistles.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-fridge-last-almost-forever-with-these-8-tips?ref=seealso">Make Your Fridge Last (Almost) Forever with These 8 Tips</a></p> <p>If you paid a pretty penny for your fridge, naturally you'll want to squeeze as much life out of this appliance as possible. Typically, refrigerators have a lifespan up to 15 years, according to Angie's List, a consumer rating service. Start looking for a replacement if your model is nearing (or already passed) the 15-year mark. This way, you avoid the refrigerator dying unexpectedly. And since refrigerators use a lot of energy, buying a more energy efficient model can save you money over time.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-refrigerators?ref=seealso">Best 5 Refrigerators</a></p> <p>To test the efficiency of your fridge, put <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00875TVYQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00875TVYQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WDXR5PFI7MOVOEYM">a thermometer</a> inside and close the door for about five minutes. If the temperature inside the fridge is higher than 45 degrees after five minutes, the fridge could be on its last leg.</p> <h2>2. Stove/Oven</h2> <p>Don't wait until your stove burners or oven stops working to think about buying a new stove. On average, you can get between 10 and 15 years out of a range/oven. Common problems with this appliance involve igniter failure and problems with the control board or bake element.</p> <h2>3. Dishwasher</h2> <p>If you have running sink water and dish soap, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dishwasher-smells-bad-heres-how-to-fix-it">replacing your dishwasher</a> might not be an urgent need. On the other hand, you probably can't imagine going a day without a dishwasher if you absolutely hate washing dishes by hand. (Like I do; totally makes me gag.)</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks?ref=seealso">Make Your Dishwasher Last (Almost) Forever With These 6 Tricks</a></p> <p>To avoid any surprises, expect to replace your dishwasher every eight to 10 years. The good news, however, is that dishwashers are relatively inexpensive. You can find models starting around $400. Start shopping around if you hear loud, banging noise coming from the dishwasher, or if the dishwasher no longer cleans your dishes despite maintenance. Don't discount, though, that you may be able to fix some issues yourself &mdash; like I did when my dishwasher wouldn't spray water &mdash; when I looked up a DIY tutorial on YouTube. Huge time and money saver. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers?ref=seealso">Best 5 Dishwashers</a>)</p> <h2>4. Washer and Dryer</h2> <p>With your packed schedule, you don't have time to plan weekly visits to the laundromat. It's time-consuming and inconvenient, and it's a good idea to replace your washer or dryer before it stops working.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-washing-machines?ref=seealso">Best 5 Washing Machines</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dryers?ref=seealso">5 Best Dryers</a></p> <p>According to Angie's List, both appliances have an average lifespan of eight to 12 years. You can extend the life of your dryer by regularly cleaning your lint trap. Additionally, clean your washer and dryer hoses, heating element, and dryer ducts at least once a year. Properly maintaining your dryer not only extends its life, it also <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdNTcChFkBY">reduces the chance of a dryer fire</a>. This can happen when lint accumulates on the heating element or in the ducts.</p> <h2>5. Hot Water Heater</h2> <p>You should be able to get about seven to 10 years out of a <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/household-appliances-repair-replace-163855148.html">hot water heater</a>. To get the most use, drain about a quarter of water from the tank every three months. This little trick helps remove sediment from the tank, which forms from minerals in the water. Removing sediment allows water in the tank to heat up faster, making the tank more efficient.</p> <h2>6. HVAC System</h2> <p>Your air-conditioning and heating system is responsible for maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home. It uses a lot of energy and it might work around the clock depending on the season &ndash; so naturally, you shouldn't expect the system to last the lifetime of the home. On average, you should replace an HVAC system every 15 to 20 years. You can extend the lifespan of your system with preventive maintenance. Getting your unit professionally serviced at least once a year helps identify problems early and keeps the unit working at its best.</p> <p>To help reduce some of the cost with maintaining an HVAC system (and other appliances in your home), consider a home warranty. A warranty protects your pocket against unexpected repairs. For a flat service call fee, the warranty company will repair a covered item, or replace it if unable to fix due to normal wear and tear.</p> <p><em>Have you had to replace appliances? Was it unexpected, or did you do it preemptively? How did you handle it? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-help-your-appliances-retain-their-value">6 Smart Ways to Help Your Appliances Retain Their Value</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances">How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks">Make Your Dishwasher Last (Almost) Forever With These 6 Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-refrigerators">The 5 Best Refrigerators</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-common-household-leaks-you-can-fix-without-a-plumber">4 Common Household Leaks You Can Fix Without a Plumber</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living appliances dishwasher home household appliance refrigerator Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:00:48 +0000 Mikey Rox 1586537 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Surprising Things You Should Keep in Your Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-should-keep-in-your-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-surprising-things-you-should-keep-in-your-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-looking-refrigerator-463890563-small.jpg" alt="woman refrigerator" title="woman refrigerator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do you keep in your fridge? If you're like most people in America, you store milk, eggs, meats, cheeses, soft drinks, juices, and a whole bunch of fruit and vegetables. In short, the fridge is for food, right? Well, not always. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fridge-or-counter-where-to-store-fruit-for-best-flavor?ref=seealso">Fridge or Counter? Where to Store Fruit for Best Flavor</a>)</p> <p>Turns out there are lots of things better served cold, like these 12 surprising items you should consider keeping in your fridge.</p> <h2>1. Candles</h2> <p>You can extend the burning life of taper candles by storing them in your refrigerator. Place them in something that will stop them absorbing moisture, such as zip-lock bags, foil, or cling wrap. Then when the time comes to use them, you'll get more bright for your buck.</p> <h2>2. Rechargeable Batteries</h2> <p>When you're not using batteries, don't keep them in the junk drawer or garage cabinet. Instead, pop them in the fridge; batteries can be preserved by keeping them cold. You can extend them by minutes or hours, and can get some seemingly dead batteries to come back to life. The freezer works well for this, too.</p> <h2>3. Whole Wheat Flour</h2> <p>That's not a mistake. The wheat germ in whole-wheat flour has a short shelf life, and can go off pretty quickly. You should keep your whole-wheat flour in the fridge, but make sure you put it in an airtight container. Flour acts like sponge for other odors and flavors, and anything strong (like onion) can taint the whole batch. Nobody wants a bunch of onion flavored cupcakes.</p> <h2>4. Metal Spoons</h2> <p>Why would you want access to a cold spoon? This is a tip from people who work in the beauty profession. If you wake up with bags under your eyes, pressing the back of a cold metal spoon against them can take away the puffiness and swelling. This is, however, only a temporary solution. It also works with slices of cold cucumber, but the great thing about spoons is that they never go bad.</p> <h2>5. Skin Cream and Sunscreen</h2> <p>If you don't like the idea of pressing icy-cold metal to your face, store your skin cream in the fridge instead. Keeping it nice and cold will have a similar effect to the cold spoons, and it's also a soothing thing to put on in the hot weather. This goes double for sunscreen on hot days.</p> <h2>6. Nail Polish</h2> <p>Celebrity manicurist (yes, there is such a profession) <a href="http://www.kaitmosh.com/">Kait Mosh</a> says that heat and light are the enemies of nail polish, and will thicken it up over time. As the father of two young girls, I can't tell you how many times I've tried applying goopy nail polish, with awful results. To stop this happening, keep your nail polish in the fridge. It will prolong the life and keep it flowing freely.</p> <h2>7. Bowls and Plates</h2> <p>If you're a fan of ice cream (and who isn't?) or other cold foods, it doesn't hurt to devote a section of your fridge to a few plates and bowls. They stack nicely, and when it comes time for a helping of ice cream, the cold bowl stops it from melting as quickly. It's also good for any other foods that will benefit from staying colder, longer.</p> <h2>8. Olive Oil</h2> <p>You may not realize it, but olive oil is delicate. Many experts agree that the best way to store olive oil is in the same conditions as wine &mdash; roughly 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, very few of us have a wine cellar or wine fridge, so the next best things is a spot in the regular fridge. (Note: High-end or premium extra-virgin olive oils should not get the same treatment, as it interferes with the flavor and aroma.)</p> <h2>9. Camera Film</h2> <p>Does anyone still use traditional camera film any more? Yes, they do. Like vinyl, it's starting to make a comeback. There are certain effects people want from traditional film that are difficult to fake in the digital world. However, it's a lot more difficult to get hold of camera film these days, and it's more expensive. So make sure it produces the best results by keeping your camera film in the fridge. It won't extend the shelf life though.</p> <h2>10. Nuts</h2> <p>You can double the shelf life of nuts by keeping them in the fridge. A tub of them in the pantry will last three months, but that can be extended to six months in your fridge. You can also freeze them and extend their life to over a year. Just like flour, remember to keep them in air-tight containers as they will absorb odors from strong-smelling foods.</p> <h2>11. Flower Bulbs</h2> <p>Professional gardeners can chime in on this one, but many people store tulip bulbs in the fridge for 12-16 weeks as a method of &quot;<a href="http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/gardening/planning_tips/the-big-chill-learn-a-few-tricks-for-forcing-tulip/article_f11f53a6-ba73-11de-b0f4-001cc4c002e0.html">forcing</a>&quot; them to send up shoots:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">You can chill the bulbs in the old-fashioned way by potting them up and placing the pots in cold storage (40 to 45 F). An easier method, especially if space is limited, is to place the bulbs themselves in the fridge for the big chill, then planting in pots.</p> <h2>12. Dead Birds</h2> <p>How could I not include this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmLqs8qkP_Y">one</a>? Of course, don't expect to get your money back from the magic store. You have to admit, it's the most surprising item on the list!</p> <p><em>What do you keep in your fridge, other than the obvious items? Let us know.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-should-keep-in-your-fridge">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mcmansion-to-mccottage-why-smaller-houses-are-smarter">McMansion to McCottage: Why Smaller Houses Are Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Lifestyle beauty crafts fridge refrigerator Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:04 +0000 Paul Michael 1235099 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Refrigerators http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-refrigerators <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-refrigerators" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/refrigerator-1438299-small.jpg" alt="refrigerator" title="refrigerator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A household appliance that needs no introduction, the refrigerator is a staple found in just about every kitchen. As a matter of fact, most residences include a refrigerator when you move in. But what happens when you need to buy a new one? Many modern fridges are more complex than the simple &quot;freezer on top, fridge on bottom&quot; styles of old. To help you sort through all the models out there to choose from, we've compiled a list of top 5 best refrigerators.</p> <h2>What Is a Refrigerator?</h2> <p>We all know that a refrigerator keeps your food and produce cold, but how exactly does it do this? Essentially, a refrigerator is nothing more than a thermally insulated compartment that uses a heat pump to move heat from within to the exterior. There are three primary types of refrigerators: top-freezer, bottom-freezer, and side-by-sides. Top-freezers are the most common, simplest to use, and the least expensive. Bottom freezers are a bit more expensive, but more convenient because the most accessed area, the fridge portion, is higher off the ground. Finally, side-by-sides are even more expensive, but the form-factor is better fitting for certain kitchens.</p> <h2>Best 5 Refrigerators</h2> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WEH2VU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004WEH2VU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="150" height="225" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fridgeMaytag.jpg" alt="" /></a>Maytag M1TXEGMYW</h3> <p>Recommended by Consumer Reports, this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WEH2VU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004WEH2VU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Maytag refrigerator</a> is highly rated for its performance as well as fantastic energy efficiency. Users also love the fact that it is roomy, coming with a carrying capacity of 21 cubic foot as well as quiet. It comes with relatively few extra features, but its inexpensive pricetag makes up for it. Aside from its solid performance, this refrigerator comes with an ice maker, two humidity-controlled crispers, and tempered glass shelves. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WEH2VU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004WEH2VU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $779.99 on Amazon.</a></p> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECTRZCQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ECTRZCQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="150" height="225" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fridgeHaier.jpg" alt="" /></a>Haier HT21TS45SW</h3> <p>A Best Buy from Consumer Reports, this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECTRZCQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ECTRZCQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Haier</a> is another top-freezer refrigerator with great temperature performance and exceptional energy efficiency. Consumer Reports lists its carrying capacity at 17.5 cubic foot. It also features gallon door storage and spillproof shelves. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECTRZCQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ECTRZCQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $630.00 on Amazon.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10368321?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fwebapp%2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FCJRedirect%3Flinktype%3Dproduct%26id%3D204061988&amp;cjsku=204061988"><img width="150" height="225" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fridgeLG.jpg" alt="" /></a>LG LDC22720SW</h3> <p>A solid-performing bottom-freezer refrigerator, this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10368321?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fwebapp%2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FCJRedirect%3Flinktype%3Dproduct%26id%3D204061988&amp;cjsku=204061988">LG refrigerator</a> did very well in professional tests. It also features extras including a door alarm, an ice maker, and a freezer light. The 22.4 cubic foot carrying capacity also gives you quite a bit of room to store your groceries. The downside is that bottom-freezers are not only more expensive, but also less energy efficient. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10368321?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fwebapp%2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FCJRedirect%3Flinktype%3Dproduct%26id%3D204061988&amp;cjsku=204061988">Currently $1169.10 at Home Depot.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10926682?sid=981835&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowes.com%2Fpd_309589-149-RF268ABPN_0__%3FproductId%3D3116921&amp;cjsku=309589-149-RF268ABPN"><img width="150" height="225" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fridgeSamsungRF268ABRS.jpg" alt="" /></a>Samsung RF268ABRS</h3> <p>The top-rated refrigerator model at Good Housekeeping, GH lauds this <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10926682?sid=981835&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowes.com%2Fpd_309589-149-RF268ABPN_0__%3FproductId%3D3116921&amp;cjsku=309589-149-RF268ABPN">Samsung refrigerator</a>'s perfect temperature management and the fact that it comes with a plethora of ease-of-use features. Adjustable shelves and bins, two ice makers, various temperature control options, and an easy-open freezer door handle provides you absolute control over your refrigerator settings. Finally, a carrying capacity of almost 26 cubic feet makes it the most spacious of all the refrigerators on this list. <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10926682?sid=981835&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowes.com%2Fpd_309589-149-RF268ABPN_0__%3FproductId%3D3116921&amp;cjsku=309589-149-RF268ABPN">Currently $2299 at Lowes.</a></p> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10368321?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fwebapp%2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FCJRedirect%3Flinktype%3Dproduct%26id%3D203673164&amp;cjsku=203673164"><img width="150" height="225" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fridgeSamsungRS265TDWP.jpg" alt="" /></a>Samsung RS265TDWP</h3> <p>Recommended by Consumer Reports, this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10368321?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fwebapp%2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FCJRedirect%3Flinktype%3Dproduct%26id%3D203673164&amp;cjsku=203673164">Samsung refrigerator</a> is the roomiest side-by-side refrigerator with 25.5 cubic feet carrying capacity. Extra features include through-door ice and water dispensers, spillproof shelves and touchpad controls. It's also one of the quietest side-by-side models, which users appreciate. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10368321?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fwebapp%2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FCJRedirect%3Flinktype%3Dproduct%26id%3D203673164&amp;cjsku=203673164">Currently $1349.10 at Home Depot.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And those are our choices for the best 5 refrigerators. Be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Shopping Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-refrigerators">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-freezers">The 5 Best Freezers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-small-appliances-for-students">The 5 Best Small Appliances for Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping appliances buying guide product reviews refrigerator Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:00:04 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 981835 at http://www.wisebread.com How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances? http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5301593772_e3ba5eb9fc_z.jpg" alt="energy star" title="energy star" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, we wrote about the <a title="Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home" href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deadly-energy-sinners-the-energy-hogs-hiding-in-your-home">power hogs that hide in your home</a>, trampling all over your wallet while making your carbon footprint way too fat. This week we'll concentrate on how, going forward, you can combat your energy costs by purchasing Energy Star products. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-save-water-energy-money-the-world-in-one-afternoon" title="5 Ways to Save Water, Energy, Money, and the World in One Afternoon">5 Ways to Save Water, Energy, Money, and the World in One Afternoon</a>)</p> <p>While energy-efficient <a title="appliance deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c304/Home-Garden/Appliances?eref=wisebread">appliances</a> can save you money through usage, few people realize that you can get a tidy refund via a tax credit (after the proper IRS paperwork), too! And though it's too late to claim such a credit on last year's taxes, you can start planning for a payoff on this year's, by purchasing an Energy Star appliance. Here is what you need to know about the savings can you expect when it comes to Energy Star products.</p> <h3>What Is Energy Star?</h3> <p>A joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, <a title="About Energy Star" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.ab_index">Energy Star designates energy efficient products and practices</a>. Besides household products and appliances, Energy Star extends its designations into home construction itself, meaning that a new home can earn an Energy Star seal. Thanks to Energy Star, Americans saved enough power in 2010 to prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars &mdash; all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.</p> <h3>How Much Money Will Energy Star Appliances Save Me?</h3> <p>The operating costs of many Energy Star appliances are printed on their labels, though it helps to know how much your old appliances used in order to gain a proper perspective. As mentioned last week, old refrigerators are often the biggest energy offenders, wasting up to three times as much energy as new ones. (You can calculate your savings with this <a title="refrigerator retirement savings calculator" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=refrig.calculator">refrigerator retirement savings calculator</a>). Of course, Energy Star appliances run the gamut from air conditioners to lawn care tools. There are, of course, <a title="Energy Star products" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_find_es_products">general guidelines for how much an Energy Star product can save your household</a>, as compared to a non-Energy Star model.</p> <p>For perspective, here are some <a title="pros and cons of Energy Star products" href="http://www.servicemagic.com/article.show.Pros-Costs-and-Cons-Energy-Star-Appliances.16819.html">figures from the National Resource Defense Council</a>, courtesy of servicemagic.com. Replacing a 1980s model refrigerator with, perhaps, this <a title="Whirlpool refrigerator" href="http://dealnews.com/prices.html?avux=2018447&amp;a=558643&amp;k=WyJTaG9wcGluZ0NvbSIsIjk1MDQ3MDQ1IiwiOTA0NSIsIjE4ODkiXQ%3D%3D">Whirlpool 21.9-Cubic Foot Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator</a> from Abt Electronics can save you $100 a year in total energy costs. Replacing a pre-1994 clothes washer will save you as much as $110 a year; and a new, Energy Star dishwasher &mdash; like the <a title="Whirlpool dishwasher" href="http://www.pcrichard.com/catalog/product.jsp?modelNo=DU1055XTVS" class="image_link">Whirlpool Super Capacity Tall Tub Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher</a> &mdash; will save you about $25 per year. Multiply those savings over an appliance's 20-year lifetime, and you're talking thousands of dollars of potential cost reduction.</p> <h3>How Do Energy Star Tax Credits Work?</h3> <p>Tax credits are still available for consumers who purchased home improvement items in 2011, so if you splurged on some new windows or an air conditioner for the holidays, you're in luck. These tax-deductible goods include biomass stoves; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; insulation; roofs (Metal &amp; Asphalt); water heaters (non-solar); and windows and doors. The tax credit for these items is, on average, 10% of cost, and up to a cumulative deduction of $500. The tax credit applies only to an existing home or your principal residence; new construction and rentals do not qualify. To apply for the tax credits for 2011 purchases, you'll need to file <a title="IRS Form 5695" href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf">IRS Form 5695</a> for Residential Energy Credits, a five-page attachment that your accountant or tax preparer can fill out easily with the proper receipts and documentation.</p> <h3>What's Changing for the 2012 Tax Year?</h3> <p>Unfortunately, some of the best Energy Star tax credits expired on January 1, 2012, including those that allowed folks to claim up to 30% of improvements like a new roof or hot water heater. However, through December 31, 2016, you'll be able to claim 30% of your costs (with no upper limit) on geothermal heat pumps, small, residential wind turbines, and solar energy systems. Existing homes and new construction qualify, as do principal residences and second homes, though rentals do not. What's more, homeowners can also earn a credit of up to <a title="energy efficiency tax credits" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index">30% of the cost of residential fuel cells</a> (up to $500 per .5kW of power capacity), through the end of 2016.</p> <p>If you want to know how much a solar or wind system might cost to install, check out the handy cost estimator at <a title="SolarEstimate.org" href="http://www.find-solar.org/index.php">SolarEstimate.org</a>. Entering my ZIP code in Cook County, IL, along with some basic information on my electric bill, I learned that a solar system would be a &quot;good&quot; bet based on my area's solar rating, and that the total cost of a system would run about $17,700, after the $7,590 tax credit is applied. That's a large up-front cost, but long-term energy savings can be substantial; with a handy graphic it's estimated that I'd break even in 12 years &mdash; and be $20,000 <em>ahead</em> in 24 years.</p> <h3>What's the Bottom Line on Energy Star?</h3> <p>Appliances that earn an Energy Star rating may cost a bit more upfront, but in an overwhelming majority of cases, their operating costs yield big savings over the lifetimes of the products. And while you can't bank on the government bringing back the now-expired 2011 tax credits, anything is possible in an election year, especially when energy costs are an important voter issue. Regardless, the facts show that Energy Star is working for the betterment of the environment while simultaneously lowering electric bills. Even in our fractured political climate, that's a platform everyone can agree upon &mdash; and incentive enough for all of us to make some major changes around the house not just in 2012, but also in the years to come as well.</p> <p>This is a guest post by <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/How-Much-Money-Will-You-Save-With-Energy-Star-Appliances-/558643.html">Dealnews</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While it might seem smarter to stick with older appliances, stocking your home with Energy Star appliances can save you major cash in the long run. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-make-your-refrigerator-more-efficient">8 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last">This Is How Long These 6 Appliances Should Last</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks">Make Your Dishwasher Last (Almost) Forever With These 6 Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-10-green-appliances-actually-save-you-money">Do These 10 Green Appliances Actually Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-green-living-habits-thatll-save-you-every-month">12 Green Living Habits That&#039;ll Save You Every Month</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home appliances dishwasher energy star refrigerator saving energy tax credits Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:48:19 +0000 Dealnews 911581 at http://www.wisebread.com Carrying the Kenmore: How to Move a Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/carrying-the-kenmore-how-to-move-a-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carrying-the-kenmore-how-to-move-a-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4951158183_a32a0ec88e_z.jpg" alt="guys moving fridge" title="guys moving fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are a few things in your house that are harder to move than others. Some families have pianos, others have gun safes. And everyone has a refrigerator. Moving these items just isn&rsquo;t the same as moving boxes or small pieces of furniture &mdash; not only are they expensive to replace if something goes wrong, but a misplaced hand or foot could mean that you wind up injuring yourself.</p> <p>Whenever I&rsquo;ve had to move house &mdash; or even just move a heavy item from one room to the next &mdash; I&rsquo;ve had the benefit of my dad&rsquo;s wisdom. Mike Bram, my father, also happens to be the owner of <a href="http://www.fisherpianomovers.net/">Fisher Piano Moving</a>. He spends all day finding ways to move not just pianos but any sort of heavy and awkward object that regular moving crews don&rsquo;t want to touch. Here are his best tips for making sure that you can move heavy objects and keep both yourself and the object intact at the end of the move. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-know-when-renting-a-moving-truck">What to Know When&nbsp;Renting a Moving Truck</a>)</p> <h3>Get the Right Equipment</h3> <p>Refrigerators are the most common big items that a person might try to move without calling in a moving company. Mike suggests getting an appliance dolly, rather than trying to use a normal dolly, to make the move. Appliance dollies have mechanisms built in that let you move the whole dolly, with a refrigerator or other appliance strapped on to it, up and down stairs. You&rsquo;ll need two people &mdash; one pushing and pulling &mdash; and it&rsquo;s especially important to make sure that you&rsquo;re working in tandem. You can rent an appliance dolly from just about anywhere that you can rent a moving truck from.</p> <p>Mike says that the biggest mistake he sees when it comes to moving refrigerators is a very simple one: &ldquo;People don&rsquo;t cover the fridge up with pads. Especially on stainless steel, any scratches you pick up will really show.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s easy to do, though. You can use just about anything as a pad, from shrink wrap to old blankets that you don&rsquo;t mind ripping. Pad your refrigerator before loading it on the dolly, so that the appliance is protected from the straps. Then ratchet the straps just tight enough that you can&rsquo;t get your fingers underneath them. There should still be a little give, though.</p> <h3>Protect the Area You&rsquo;re Moving In</h3> <p>You may not be moving your fridge very far. Maybe you just need it on the other side of the kitchen so that you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-bang-for-your-buck-paint-me-frugal">paint the wall</a> behind it. It&rsquo;s tempting to just push a refrigerator as far as you need it to go &mdash; after all, some appliances (and other large objects) have small plastic wheels on the bottom that seem perfect for the purpose. The truth is, in Mike&rsquo;s experience, those wheels are more dangerous than helpful. Without them, pushing an appliance across your floor will often result in scratches and tears in the linoleum. With them, you&rsquo;re likely to wind up with a broken wheel and a gouge in the floor. Things are worse on wood floors or if you take the appliance outside.</p> <p>Mike does have an easy solution to the problem. He says, &ldquo;One way to avoid those scratches is to take clean scrap carpeting, turn it upside down, slide it under the fridge and then slide the fridge out on top of the carpet. Thick <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-uses-for-the-humble-cardboard-box">cardboard</a> can work in place of the carpet.&rdquo;</p> <h3>Protect Yourself During the Move</h3> <p>Always be more careful than you think you actually need to be, especially when you&rsquo;re dealing with moving something heavy. You need to remember the basics of personal safety &mdash; like lifting with your legs, rather than your back &mdash; but you need to go beyond those basics, too. You have to be able to control your refrigerator (or anything else you want) throughout every step of the move. Mike points out: &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t ever take anything on the stairs that you can&rsquo;t control. If it gets away from you, it&rsquo;ll go a lot faster than you will and someone will always get hurt.&rdquo;</p> <p>Get everyone who isn&rsquo;t actually moving your bulky object out of the way. Children and pets need to be far away from the action, and Mike suggests that you don&rsquo;t need any management around who isn&rsquo;t actually physically up to helping with the move.</p> <p>Use more straps and tie-downs than you expect to need, especially when moving something heavy on a truck. Mike has plenty of horror stories from his customers about what could go wrong: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen pianos come loose and then fly out of a truck on to asphalt. There&rsquo;s nothing left at that point but to sweep up the mess.&rdquo;</p> <p>What is actually too big to move on your own depends entirely on you. Mike has had customers who will move everything up to a gun safe themselves, but will call for help with something that big. It&rsquo;s a question of what you feel comfortable moving yourself and what work you&rsquo;re willing to do to make sure you&rsquo;re doing everything right &mdash; from renting the right equipment on down.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrying-the-kenmore-how-to-move-a-fridge">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last">This Is How Long These 6 Appliances Should Last</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-refrigerators">The 5 Best Refrigerators</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-make-your-refrigerator-more-efficient">8 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances">How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-sneaky-home-money-pits-that-sap-your-savings">9 Sneaky Home Money Pits That Sap Your Savings</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips appliances DIY moving refrigerator Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:00:18 +0000 Thursday Bram 908168 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-make-your-refrigerator-more-efficient <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-simple-ways-to-make-your-refrigerator-more-efficient" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4787436060_2fe6fd6e32_b.jpg" alt="refrigerator energy" title="refrigerator energy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My friend Fabulous Frank is always coming up with neat ideas and inventions; one of his best designs boasts a refrigerator with a glass door on it. And while that may mean some extra-tough cleanups, just think of the one glorious advantage it offers: &quot;Every time you go to check the fridge,&quot; he says, &quot;you wouldn't have to open the door to see what's inside.&quot; Which, of course, means less energy wasted.</p> <p>Until Fab Frank's fridge becomes a regular consumer option, we have our work cut out for us. Even if you have an EnergyStar refrigerator, you know these big appliances still eat electricity &mdash; about 500 kilowatt-hours per year even for the stingier models. The question is, can we improve on that? You betcha. Below are some tips for making fridges (both standard and EnergyStar models) run more efficiently. And we'll start with a tip that comes courtesy of Frank himself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-big-on-appliances" title="8 Ways to Save Big on Appliances">8 Ways to Save Big on Appliances</a>)</p> <h2>1. Open the Door Less Often</h2> <p>Particularly if you have kids, you know fridge doors get opened dozens and dozens of times a day. Whenever that happens, warm air rushes in, making it harder for your appliance to keep cool. Leave the doors open longer than two minutes, and you're putting strain on the fridge. So until they invent glass doors, do what you can to limit how often and how long your doors get yanked open. With shopping trips, I lump all the refrigerated items into one big pile and then load up as fast as possible. Try determining how much time you need to shave off your loading time with this <a title="electronic clock timer" href="http://www.amazon.com/Presto-04212-Electronic-Clock-Timer/dp/B00006IV0U">Presto Electronic Clock &amp; Timer</a> (<em>$10.68 with free shipping via Amazon Prime</em>).</p> <h2>2. Pack It Up, Baby</h2> <p>After each shopping trip, I love to stuff the fridge &mdash; and there's a reason besides the fact that many Italian Americans like myself do this. A full fridge means that there's less hot air that needs cooling. Of course, a stuffed fridge means poor air circulation, and any well-stocked cooler begs to be opened many times. But so long as you police your clan from peeking out of boredom (or swinging on the handles) you should come out ahead on the energy-savings side.</p> <h2>3. A Freezer on Top is Tops</h2> <p>For those of you considering a new fridge, keep in mind that not all EnergyStar models are created equal. The <a title="EnergyStar refrigerators" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&amp;pgw_code=RF">government's EnergyStar website</a> reports, &quot;Models with top-mounted freezers use 10% to 25% less energy than bottom-mount or side-by-side models.&quot; Besides, a bottom-mounted freezer means stooping over to get the Haagen-Dazs, which isn't exactly my idea of how to launch an indulgent dessert experience. The <a title="top freezer refrigerator" href="http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&amp;productId=202822214&amp;langId=-1&amp;catalogId=10053">GE Top Freezer Refrigerator</a> in White or <a title="black top freezer refrigerator" href="http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&amp;productId=202933768&amp;langId=-1&amp;catalogId=10053">Black</a> (<em>$448 via code &quot;APP50B2&quot; with free shipping</em>) is an inexpensive option that fits the bill.</p> <h2>4. Chill Out on the Ice-Cube Maker</h2> <p>Maybe we could stand to learn something from the Europeans, who don't take ice in their drinks. Icemakers and through-the-door dispensers not only increase a refrigerator's price by up to $250, they also increase energy use by 14% to 20%, EnergyStar figures show. So if you have an icemaker, why not give it a rest? And if you really need crushed ice, consider the merits of these <a title="ice cube trays" href="http://www.target.com/Tovolo-Perfect-Cube-Ice-Trays-pk/dp/B000F3LF0G/">Tovolo Perfect-Cube Ice Trays</a> (<em>two for $14.99 with $3.99 s&amp;h</em>) and a hammer.</p> <h2>5. Location, Location, Location</h2> <p>This one comes courtesy of our friends at <a title="allyou.com" href="http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/live-green-save/make-refrigerator-energy-efficient-00400000051318/">allyou.com</a>, who point out that a fridge shouldn't rest close to obvious hotspots. &quot;Place your fridge away from your oven, stove top, radiator, or other heat sources, and make sure there are a few inches of space around it. The unit can nestle, but it shouldn't abut walls, counters, or other appliances.&quot; I suppose that means no cold storage for my Twinkie flambé, either.</p> <h2>6. Check the Seals and the Frost</h2> <p>Just as leaky window and door seals yield a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-tips-to-winterize-your-home-for-cheap" title="7 DIY Tips to Winterize Your Home for Cheap">drafty house</a>, a fridge with bad seals around the doors can't do its job well. If your seals have suffered from wear or damage, check out <a title="RepairClinic" href="http://www.repairclinic.com/">RepairClinic</a>, which stocks just about every type of replacement part for large appliances. As for the frost side, it's a good idea to periodically defrost your freezer, as that will help it work better. If you see more than a quarter-inch of frost all the way around, it's time.</p> <h2>7. Clean Those Coils</h2> <p>Dust is the enemy of many large appliances, from air conditioners to stereo systems. In the latter, dust blocking the vents can cause overheating, and dust on the coils of your fridge forces it to work harder. Getting in back of that monster may conjure visions of an emergency room visit, but tidying up isn't hard if you consult a reliable resource, like your appliance manual. A vacuum with a <a title="crevice attachment" href="http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&amp;productId=100074040&amp;langId=-1&amp;catalogId=10053">crevice attachment</a> is crucial, as is a small brush (like a paint brush) to reach more troublesome areas. Your efforts will not only keep the fridge working better, but also preserve its longevity.</p> <h2>8. Pick the Right Temperature</h2> <p>Going colder than the preferred temperature wastes electricity, and for refrigerators, that ranges between 35 and 38 degrees, according to <a title="howstuffworks.com" href="http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/question121.htm">howstuffworks.com</a>. There are other benefits as well to sticking in this range: &quot;Anything higher and foods will spoil too quickly (it also presents food poisoning problems). Anything lower and freezing becomes a problem.&quot;</p> <p>Common to all these tips is one overarching principle: habit. Once you get in the habit of checking on the appliances you take for granted, they'll reward you in kind with extended years of service and extra savings in the bank &mdash; all while making a dent in your carbon footprint.</p> <p><em>This post is by <a href="http://dealnews.com/" title="Dealnews">Dealnews</a>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even if you have an EnergyStar refrigerator, these big appliances still eat electricity. Here are some tips for making fridges run more efficiently. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-make-your-refrigerator-more-efficient">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances">How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-ways-to-keep-your-home-warm-this-winter">10 Frugal Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-green-home-rebates-that-save-you-big-in-2015">4 Green Home Rebates That Save You Big in 2015</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-green-living-habits-thatll-save-you-every-month">12 Green Living Habits That&#039;ll Save You Every Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-sneaky-home-money-pits-that-sap-your-savings">9 Sneaky Home Money Pits That Sap Your Savings</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home appliances energy efficiency kitchen refrigerator Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:24:18 +0000 Dealnews 671095 at http://www.wisebread.com When Good Food Goes Bad Part VI: Apples http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-vi-apples <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/evilapp.jpg" alt=" " width="269" height="286" /></p> <p>I hail from The Apple Capital of the World, so I know a thing or two about apples. For instance, <a href="http://www.3appleplan.com/Success/">eating three apples a day</a> helps you lose weight.</p> <p>That is, if you can manage to eat three apples a day. As somone who really loves apples, I can attest that apple fatigue is REALLY easy to come by. </p> <p>My mother, in addition to supplying my Peeps habit, is my apple dealer. OK, apple-giver. When she comes to visit, she brings me bags of apples from the warehouses of our hometown, where apples are much, much cheaper and can be purchased directly from growers. And I eat at least an apple a day, and it&#39;s true that I do feel better and get sick less when I keep up the &quot;at least one per day&quot; regimen. I still go see my doctor, though, because he is incredibly handsome.</p> <p>Anyway, I recently found myself, through a chain of events that is far too boring to recount here, to be the recipient of at least three bags of apples. Even eating three a day, I wasn&#39;t getting anywhere. My newly-restarted veggie and fruit deilvery service delivered another bag, and my fridge was starting to look like the apple warehouses back home.</p> <p>So, apples: I tend to make apple sauce and apple tarts, just so I can get my fix. The apple sauce still falls within the realm of healthy eating - the tart, alas, counteracts most of the goodness brought by the apples. And of course, the BEST way to eat an apple is raw. But if you&#39;ve got too many and you&#39;re worried about one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch, here are a couple recipes to help you prevent waste and eat happily.</p> <h4>Apple-Berry-Sauce</h4> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/applesauce_0.jpg" alt=" " width="259" height="216" /></p> <p>The great thing about apple sauce is that you cook it and mash it up quite a bit, the result being that you can&#39;t really tell what was in there before. Any kind of apple will do. I also throw in other fruit that is looked threatening aged. Tonight, for example, my apple-fruit sauce consisted of three Granny Smith apples, five pink lady apples, one mango, a bag of organic blueberries, the juice from one orange that was starting to mold on th outside, and one Fuji apple for good luck. I don&#39;t add any sugar to my apple sauces, because I like them a little tart, and there&#39;s enough sugar in fruit as it is - but that&#39;s really up to you.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Bunch of fruit, sliced into large chunks, rinsed</li> <li>Water</li> </ul> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>Throw about 1/2 cup of water in a big pot. Boil, add fruit, boil for 10 minutes, then cook on low for about an hour or until everything is mushy. Smash with a potato masher or blend in a food processor. Add sugar (or Stevia, or Splenda) to taste with each individual serving.</p> <h4>Fruit Tart</h4> <p>Because I&#39;m diabetic, I can&#39;t have lots of pastries. So I compromise by making the apple tart without the tart.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Lots of apples and pears (peeled or unpeeled, enough to more or less fill a baking dish), sliced thin (I bought a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Oneida-Polished-Mandolin-Interchangable-Slicer/dp/B0009HHZ20/ref=sr_1_12/102-9974338-1444907?ie=UTF8&amp;s=kitchen&amp;qid=1176443450&amp;sr=1-12">mandoline</a> to do this)</li> <li>Additional fruit (optional)</li> <li>Brown sugar</li> <li>Kosher salt</li> <li>Half stick melted butter or margarine</li> <li>Chopped nuts of your choice</li> <li>Wheat germ (optional)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Directions:</strong></p> <p>Layer the apple and pear slices in a thin layer at the bottom of a large greased baking pan. Drizzle melted butter on top, then sprinkle with chopped nuts and wheatgerm. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used up. Every third later, sprinkle an eensy bit of salt.</p> <p>Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees until the volume has decreased by about half. Uncover, turn off heat, but leave the pan in the oven to brown the top lightly. You can broil it if you wish to get a more crispy top. Slice and eat. REALLY good with ice cream.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-vi-apples">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-easy-and-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-apples">18 Easy and Delicious Ways to Enjoy Apples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/four-inexpensive-breakfasts-in-under-five-minutes">4 Inexpensive Breakfasts in Under Five Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-a-farm-share-a-smart-buy-for-your-household">Is a Farm Share a Smart Buy for Your Household?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink apple sauce apples cinnamon cook diet fruit healthy ingredients mangos oranges recipe refrigerator rotten waste Fri, 13 Apr 2007 05:59:27 +0000 Andrea Karim 500 at http://www.wisebread.com