Frugal Lifestyle: Saving Money when Shopping for a Stove

With the television dying, the couch staving, our dining set threatening to break; Randomly as we were watching a movie in the living room, our stove starts beeping erratically and there it stood again, 2 ½ years later the motherboard died yet again. We just finished replacing everything else in the last month, I had to find solutions.

Knowing that a big appliance replacement can get pricey quickly, I explored various options to stretch the last of our emergency fund budget. When switching out appliances, I always try to get more energy efficient ones. I search for the best deals for the features I need but did I really need a brand new one? maybe investigating giving another stove a second chance? Keep reading to find out what decision I took and why.

Saving on your Electricity Bill through your Stove:

With the oven being one of the biggest energy suckers in our house; when our oven’s motherboard died for the second time we made the decision to try and get a more energy efficient oven, we weren’t going to spend 350$ of parts to replace the motherboard again. I also have the oven running on average 2 hours a day because I make everything from scratch.

Surprise it’s not because it is new that it’s energy efficient.  Our 8 old Frigidaire conventional stove was a 13.8kwh which is a lot. Our goal was to at least reduce it to s 10kwh will keeping the same features.  We finally decided on a 10.8kwh (45amp) convectional 2003 oven with a ceramic top. Our old burners would run on 1500-3500w and our new stove burners run 1000-2500w allowing us to save more.

Even though we purchase an older model in a liquidation/refurbished center. We picked the cleanest one which will allow us to save 262$ a year on our utility bill. We doubled check to see how much a brand-new stove with the same features would cost and we were well over 1300$.

Watch out Kenmore appliances tend to be even big electricity sucker than my old stove, most Kenmore I’ve seen are at 15.7kwh.  Surprisingly Frigidaire oven tends to consume less. Whirlpool electricity consumption varies greatly

**Where to check for energy consumption: pull the bottom keep warm drawer there should be a sticker on either side with the model, serial number and consumption expressed in kWh or amp. Try staying under 10kwh or 45amp.

Features I took into Consideration for my Next Stove:

As much as a gas stove is the cheapest for your utility bill, I’m too clumsy to have one plus our rental cottage doesn’t have the gas-lines.  Having a spiral stove top won’t change the fact that I might set fire to the kitchen and induction stove tops are out of my price range.

I chose a ceramic stove top because it was the smartest, safest and easiest to clean option. Being familiar with maintaining the ceramic stove top was a plus; which takes away from my clumsiness risks.

I will never go convection less. Having the convectional option will reduce your electricity bill as long as you make sure it’s not an electricity sucker. They can reduce cooking time by 25 %: 10.8kwh oven will only take 8.1kwh to cook the dish in 45mins, whereas a non-convectional oven is on average a  9.7kwh and it will take 1 hour to cook. Yes, the convectional costs more per hour but it needs less time and that’s where you win your profit

Also, convectional oven can be stuffed to the max and cook all your recipes evenly at the same time. Were as a non-convectional oven will not bake everything evenly if it’s too loaded and you’ll probably need double the time. Fyi: Convectional ovens have a fan at the back when you open the stove door.

Having a self-cleaning option is very useful except that it’s a partial lie. You still must clean your oven manually after the self-cleaning is done. Although I would not have a stove without it. This option brings the oven to a certain heat to burn off any residue stuck anywhere.

With our tiny cottage being very old, I didn’t realize I was missing out on so much by lacking to have two 110v plugs on the oven’s head, it’s so useful. I wouldn’t live without this feature anymore. Honestly, we now have 8 110v plugs in the kitchen now. If I hadn’t switch our dining table to a bar-height counter island we’d only have six and 6 ½ feet of counter space (that including the sink), like I said TINY cottage.

Buying Refurbished Stove:

As I stated earlier, we settled for a 2003 stove from a liquidation center. We spent 470$ on the oven. 120$ more than if we’d repaired our initial stove, but we are saving 262$ on our utility bill per year. Meaning: the extra we spent was worth it because the savings pay it off in under 6months.

I often buy used appliances because when I read the reviews most people complain about their products breaking within a year of their warranty expires. Now thinking about what I stated above about a brand-new stove with identical feature costing above 1300$. Is a year’s worth of warranty worth 830$? I Paid 470$ for a used, perfectly functional, stainless steel, ceramic stove top, convectional oven, and energy efficient appliance.

How did you find deals like this you say? And why are they inexpensive you say? These are local businesses who collect/purchase broken/damage/old appliance stocks and repair plus clean them the best they can. Then they put them up for sale. Some do it as a side hustle and sell on site such as Craigslist, Kijiji, LESPAC, Letgo etc.

Some companies pride themselves because they found a niche market and strive to offer you outstanding customer service just like the Liquidation center we purchased. I found them on google searching for appliance liquidation center (near me). The liquidation center offered delivery, 3-month warranty, and tech support with no extra charge.

They even have brand new appliances with scratches on the side or missing handle for a fraction of the price. You can quickly google the part price and look up some how-to videos on YouTube.

I don’t usually scrap my appliances, and I don’t usually recommend buying if you could repair it. The only reason why we purchased another stove was to add two 110v plugs, electrical efficiency, and its stainless steel. We did not throw away instead we dropped our old one off at an elder man’s house in our neighborhood who collects, repairs and resell them for a living.

When shopping for your next stove, take the time to analyze your needs, maybe look at your current stove and your electrical consumption report. Evaluate your usage and make an informed decision when purchasing your next oven or any other electrical dependent item in your home.

Let me know in the comments below what you think about stove shopping. Did you realize you have an energy-sucking stove after reading this?

Which appliances are you looking into purchasing? Is there any you would like me to investigate further?  Let me know!

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