Thursday, September 28, 2006

When to Put an Appliance Out of its Misery

Most of us will wait until an appliance dies on the spot before we replace it. Unless it’s a water heater – and not on a weekend – you’ll have a few days to comparison shop and make a decision. The true lives of appliances are similar to those of dogs – depending much on breed (brand and type).

In general, you can expect a microwave to last about 10 years. The same goes for a dishwasher and a garage door opener. Even if you purchase a washer and dryer as a pair, expect the washer to go first (at 13 years), while the dryer may last another twelve months or so. Ranges may go to a grand old age of 19, but the water heater probably will barely make its early teens (13 on average). The fridge could make it as long as 17 before taking a dive.

Always keep your papers in order – the sales receipt and booklets. When you sense that a home essential is starting its journey to a better place, it’s time to start seeing what’s new and exciting on the market.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Speed Kills – and Does Some Nice Damage at the Gas Pump, Too

Every day, we watching speeding vehicles all around us – or maybe we are the speeders. If you prefer to be the safer of the two (um, that would be those who observe speed limits), you can relax and smile. You’re the one who is saving on gas.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you’ll realize greater fuel efficiency by keeping it to 60 mph. While that may sound a little slow to you, it will add up to big bucks. Really.

For those of you who believe you helping mankind by weaving in and out and endangering the lives of yourself and others, here are a few other tips to make those trips to the pump less frequent.