One of the most used appliances in our kitchen but how much do we know about them? Well lets find out!
- Microwave ovens are one of the most popular kitchen appliances in the world. Did you know that 90% of American households own a microwave oven?
- When you microwave something, you input energy into its molecules. This can produce heat and stimulate a chemical reaction.
- You Can’t Heat Oils in a Microwave. Oils such as olive oil do not heat well in microwaves because their molecules lack the polarity found in water.
- Benefits of microwaving food include saving time, and they are energy efficient. Microwaves also save water because foods that are traditionally boiled (e.g. corn) can be steamed or cooked in a microwave with little or no water.
- (Dry) Kitchen Sponges – If you nuke a wet sponge for 2 minutes, it will disinfect it (though it will stink up your kitchen). If you nuke a dry sponge, it will ignite.
- After the microwave has stopped, it’s important to leave the food in the microwave for a few minutes to make sure it’s fully heated or cooked. This is known as “carryover cooking time” or “resting time,” and it also prevents burns when handling or eating.
Dinner is ready!
Money Saving Facts about your Water Heater:
1. About 25% of the energy you use in your home is for heating your water. Since such a large portion of your energy usage is from your water heater, it is important to select a heater that is energy efficient.
2. Most of your water usage comes from taking baths and doing laundry. With an energy efficient water heater, you can worry less about the cost of every bath and load of laundry.
3. The typical tank water heater will last about 10 to 13 years. Tank heaters are normally more affordable than tankless heaters.
4. Tankless water heaters last about 18 to 20 years. One of the biggest myths surrounding tankless water heaters is the assumption of instant hot water. Tankless water heaters are not able to give you instant hot water when you turn on the faucet, but they do give you an endless stream of hot water once it reaches the point of use.
5. Want instant hot water? There is a quick fix. Simply talk to your plumber about installing a hot water circulation system instead.
The more you know the more you save!
One of the most used appliances in our homes is our stoves. Did you know that as early as Roman times stoves made of clay, tile, or earthenware were in use in central and Northern Europe. Early Swiss stoves of clay or brick, without chimneys, were built against the outer house wall, with an opening to the outside through which they were fueled and through which the smoke could escape. Scarcity of fuel made an economical heat-retaining device necessary, and these primitive stoves, built of clay, brick, tile, or plastered masonry.
Ancient Roman Stove
The Franklin stove, invented in 1743 and used for heating, was the lineal descendant of the fireplace, being at first only a portable down-draft iron fireplace that could be set into, or before, the chimney. It was soon elaborated into what was known as the Pennsylvania fireplace, with a grate and sliding doors. In common use for a period after the Revolution, it was followed by a variety of heaters burning wood and coal. The base burner, or magazine coal heater, was widely used before the general adoption of central heating.
Modern stoves are now much easier. Since gas and electricity have become generally available, the wood-burning or coal-burning range has been largely superseded by a wide variety of cooking apparatus, using natural or manufactured gas, oil, acetylene, gasoline, or electricity as fuel.
The dreaded garbage disposal, such a helpful little appliance. Even “The Flintstones” had a disposal! While yours may not be alive, it certainly needs to be properly taken care of. What to do when your disposal refuses to work? Most people resort to asking someone. Those certain someones will almost always point you into some old wives tale of how her mother used to deal with the disposal. But what are the Facts?
What a disposal!
Fact or Fake?
Garbage Disposals Smell Bad: If your unit is not cleaned regularly, this can happen. Debris can collect under the rubber flaps and creates a strong odor. To get rid of it, turn off the disposal and use a stiff brush or rag to clean underneath the flaps. However, if the unit is free of debris and still smells, simply grind up a couple of ice cubes and some lemon rinds, orange rinds or baking soda for a fresh clean odor. Ice cubes and vinegar can also be used. Fact!
Fact or Fake?
It Can Turn On By Itself: This is only a myth, as your garbage disposal unit must be either turned on manually or the water must be running in order for it to work. Fake!
Fact or Fake?
Hot Water Should Be Used: Hot water can melt fats which will cause a clog up in both the unit and the pipes. Always use cold water when grinding food. Fake!
Fact or Fake?
You Can Use Chemical Cleaners: Never pour bleach, drain cleaners or other chemicals into the garbage disposal as they can erode the unit. Fake!
Always use cold water!
Well there you have it just some of the Myths and Stories debunked about our old reliable garbage disposal.
FUN FACT OF THE DAY
Today’s topic your clothes dryer!
This may shock you but the first clothes dryer was a rope stretched between two trees and the sun. In 1892, George T. Sampson improved on that simple design with a device that used heat from a wood stove to dry clothes. The electric tumble dryer we’ve come to know and love first appeared in the early 20th century.
Try fitting this into your laundry room!
A hand-cranked clothes dryer was created in 1800 by M. Pochon from France. J. Ross Moore, an American inventor from North Dakota, developed designs for automatic clothes dryers during the early 20th century.
His design for an electrically-operated dryer was developed and released to the public in 1938. Industrial designer Brooks Stevens developed the first electric dryer with a glass window in the 1940s.
Early 1940s prototype electric dryer
Here are a couple more fun facts about the appliance, the average home clothes dryer leaves a carbon footprint of about 4 pounds per use and the average load capacity of a dryer in the United States is 11 pounds.
If we assume a tumble dryer might be used 4 times a week, the CO2 emitted in just one week would be nearly 7.6 kg or 396.7 kg per year (which is the same as a Nissan 4×4 taking a one way trip journey from New York City to North Carolina!)
APPLIANCE TIP OF THE DAY
I’m feeling kind-of generous so today is a two for one tip, enjoy!
1. Some dishwashers have an an air gap to prevent waste water from backing up into the washer. This air gap collects bits of waste, so cleaning must be done regularly.
2. When having a new appliance installed, make sure it can be removed easily for servicing. Flexible hook-ups for dishwashers and gas ranges can mean less labor cost when repairs are necessary. Also, leave an extra electric cable when installing electric wall ovens and cook-tops. This also will minimize the time a technician needs to spend and reduce the cost to you!
I see your problem right here!
TIP OF THE DAY
One of the most common WASHING MACHINE repair problems is the washer not draining after its cycle. This is completely preventable problem!
Any items that may come apart like rugs, or that have strings even small items can ruin the pump of a washer. Costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs and service fees!
Always try to use a mesh bag for small items. Check the pockets of all clothing Before loading the washer. Overloading causes premature failure of major components. Before loading your washing machine, it is very important to check all the clothes pockets.
Leaving items like coins, nails, screws, pens, etc, in your pockets, can damage your clothes and your machine. It is not uncommon for drain pumps to fail prematurely because of a foreign object getting stuck in the impeller. A forgotten fountain pen can destroy your favorite shirt and your favorite machine too!
Always check your pockets!