Weâ€™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.Â
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 101appliance.com 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 â€“ 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 itâ€™s not the inverter type, itâ€™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.)