Honest opinions about how to buy Appliances and Lighting.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Quick Question

As I am still in Miami and woefully unprepared for a post, the following is a quick question...

Which costs more to operate?

This 75 watt bulb

Or this 26 cubic foot refrigerator?

The bulb...in fact replacing a 10 year old refrigerator will save you $110 per year.


  1. Steve,
    I have a lot of low voltage track lighting, pendants, and fixtures throughout my condo. My electric bill last month was more than $200 for a two bedroom condo with one person living in it. Since the appliances and LCD tv are new I'm assuming the bill is due to the lighting or a 4 year old Neptune electric dryer.

    Is there an energy efficient option for track lighting which wouldn't invoice taking down all the tracks? Also, what about energy efficient electric dryers - or is that an oxymoron?

  2. Low voltage is simply whiter incandescent light.

    My suggestion to save money on the utilty bills without spending a ton:

    A. Dimmers and switches, so you are not turning everything on at the highest level

    B. A moisture sensing dryer savings money and protects clothing

    Thats the easiest...LED bulbs would be the best, but thats not practical

  3. So there's no equivalent of a CFL/energy efficient low voltage bulb that I can just pop in?

  4. Maybe...depending on the socket

    take a picture and send it to me at Steve.sheinkopf@yaleappliance.com