Thursday, September 29, 2011

A fridge that doesn't suck (energy)!

When we Bushmans sold our old house in only five days, we so excited we agreed to give the new owners the fridge as part of the deal. We moved into our new house fridge-less with a vague plan to eventually get a fridge to get us by, while saving up for a super energy efficient fridge.

It turns out it is kind of a pain to live with no refrigerator, so we were soon on the hunt for one. In our old town, Craigslist would've turned up lots of fridge options, but in our new rural location the search was a bit tougher. It turned out we had three options:

1) A used fridge for $200 found at an antique-type store. I wish I'd taken a picture of this thing. It was VERY used.
2) A new conventional fridge for $560. It was very basic and not what we were looking for at all.
3) A super energy efficient fridge, newly purchased by some friends who live off grid. They said they would part with it for $800 and sent me this link where I learned that this fridge costs only $47/year to operate!

You can probably guess which one I picked. The $800 was a stretch for us having just spent so much to move. Yet getting an essentially new, super energy efficient fridge which retailed for close to $1200 made the deal too good to pass up!
It was delivered on Tuesday.

Bringing it in


Mr. Bushman had to remove some upper cabinets in our designated fridge area to make room for it, but I think it looks great!

Welcome home, fridge! :)


One different thing about this fridge, other than its extreme height, is that the freezer is on bottom.
Don't you love the freezer drawers?

There is a special drawer for the tiny ice cube trays that came with the fridge!
Cutest ice cubes ever? I think so!

Since we had been living without a fridge for over a week, as soon as it was delivered the family walked over to the local grocery store and basically lost our minds. For dinner we had goat cheese on crackers, cabbage and ice cream. For breakfast the next morning, it was eggs with toast and BUTTER! Yum!

It is great to have a fridge again, but it is even better to know that ours runs so cheaply. According to Smart Money, your top five energy sucking appliances are likely:

1. HVAC unit
2. Water heater
3. Refrigerator
4. Clothes Dryer
5. Dishwasher

Last year we elected to lose our clothes dryer and honestly haven't missed it much. With our new fridge, it feels like we are knocking this "top five" list right out!

What changes have you made to show your energy sucking appliances who's boss?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Don't laugh, it's paid for!

Step one for the Bushmans in starting a new, much cheaper lifestyle included buying a MUCH cheaper home and paying for in cold, hard cash! There are some big differences between the Bushman's old home and our new home. I've made a list:



Old house
New house
Cost
$129,000
$13,000
Size    
1787 square foot                     
848 square foot
Bedrooms    
 4                                                
2, soon to be 3
Monthly mortgage          
 $750-950/month                     $0/month
Taxes      
$1125/year                               
$88/year
Insurance       
$850/year                                  
$238/year
Year house built               
1964
1900
Town's population           
160,000                                    
100


We are finding that most everything (except trash service) is WAY cheaper in a small town. We don't know for sure how much some things are yet like utilities and water, but I'm guessing in a house that is 939 square foot smaller than our old one, we are bound to be saving some money in heating and maintenance costs.

What kind of a house will $13,000 buy, you may ask? Let me share some pictures with you of BEFORE we moved in!

Kitchen


Utility Room

2nd living area off kitchen, soon to be 3rd bedroom


Living room


Water damage--Yes, $13,000 will buy you a house that needs a new roof!


Bathroom

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2

Stay tuned for the AFTER pictures of the interior as well as before and after pictures of the roof. Mr. Bushman will soon be installing a lovely red metal roof just in time for winter!

And of course, there'll be lots of budgeting information and tips!

Anyone else have a plans to downsize homes or pay their current home off early?
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