Category Archives: Appliance

Inverter Appliances

We’ve invested in some inverter appliances to conserve energy and lower our monthly expenses.

They were a bit pricey, but we are after the long-term benefits. Fortunately, we got them during a mall-wide sale (for the ref) and online sale for the three other items.

These purchases are not an overnight decision. Hubby and I have been discussing it for quite some time now. 

We bought our Samsung Digital Inverter refrigerator about five years ago to replace our two-decade old ref. 

Last December, we purchased two more inverter appliances – an electric fan and a microwave oven. Both are necessary devices at home. We regularly use the microwave oven to reheat food and sanitize food delivery. 

But what exactly inverter technology does to home appliances?

Based on the website, an inverter is a device that controls the frequency of the incoming electrical current that goes to the appliance, thus consuming less electricity. They also tend to make the appliance more durable as the motor or the compressor is used less.

The website added that inverter technology is more efficient, has a longer lifespan, and has a silent operation. While inverter appliances cost more upfront than non-inverters, the savings in electricity and a longer-lasting motor will pay you back in dividends as time goes by.

Hubby said the appliances helped reduce our electric bill by approximately P500 – P800 per month. It means we have additional funds to buy groceries, vitamins, and maintenance meds.

We also bought an automatic washing machine last month. Although it’s not the inverter type, it’s still energy efficient. We are only using it for a month, but we noticed a decrease in water consumption from 24 cubic meters (in December) to 18 cubic meters this month. We are expecting a lower water rate by the end of the month.

We replaced our 11-year-old manual washing machine, so doing laundry now is a breeze. We are keeping the old washer as it still functions. 

(Big thanks to N for her contribution to this project.)

Instant electric water heater

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I was against the idea of buying one at first. I told hubby that installing a water heater can just add up to our monthly electric bill. We cannot afford another appliance that consumes electricity. It’s not just practical for us or so I thought. But the always persistent hubby explained the benefits of having an instant electric water heater at home. First, the kids are used to taking a bath with warm water in the morning. Second, it will prevent a possible accident. For many years we have been using the decade-old stainless bottle sterilizer to boil/warm their bath water. Transferring the sterilizer with hot water from the kitchen to the bathroom is dangerous for someone holding the sterilizer even if they have aluminum crank handles. We fear of getting scalded or burned by the hot water. We don’t want an accident to happen, so I have to agree with hubby’s plan to buy this electric water heater. We’ve been using the instant water heater for over a month now and so far it doesn’t consume that much electricity. We are paying the same amount since we purchased it. We bought the water heater at a discounted price and it comes with a free soap dish.

Biometric Safes

Whenever we watch movies, there are times when rich people have safes installed inside their own homes. The safes are usually placed behind items wherein the safe will be kept hidden from view. Unless you are truly looking for the location of the safe, you probably will not notice it.

One of the reasons why thieves look for safes in particular is because this is where valuable items are kept. There was a time when safes seemed to not offer the same protection that it did in the past but because of the innovation of different companies, more advanced safes are created. Biometric safes are considered popular right now. What makes biometric safes different from the usual digital safe is the fact that your fingerprint is needed to open the safe. This means that you do not have to worry about losing your key or finding a hiding place for your key. You just have to press your finger against the screen and it will open if the fingerprint matches.

Since it is highly technological, a lot of people would like to have it but they get discouraged when they learn about its price. It is a good thing that more and more biometric safes are being formulated to accommodate even those who would not like to allot a lot of money for the safes that they would like to install around their home or inside their office building. If you would like to learn more about safes, you can always search for different brands online.