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by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
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Kitchen Appliances
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Remember the good old days when our appliances consisted of a fridge, a washer, a stove, and maybe a toaster and - if you were lucky - a ‘mix-master?’

Well, I guess it depends on how old you are. I remember the excitement in my house when my mother was given an electric frying-pan as a gift. We thought it was a wondrous thing.



Kitchen Appliances
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Today though, our kitchens are filled with all manner of handy ‘plug-in, switch-on’ gadgets. While manufacturers are learning to make them more energy-efficient, we are counteracting that by buying more and more.

We could probably argue that we need our:

- Electric kettle
- Microwave oven
- Dish washer
- Sandwich toaster
- Coffee machine

But do we really need our:

- Slow cooker
- Bread maker
- Rice cooker
- Deep fryer
- Juicer
- Waffle iron

And these things are just down-right silly:

- Hot dog maker
- Popcorn Maker
- Ice-cream maker
- Electric can opener
- Electric wok



Kitchen appliances on bench
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Studies show that our appliances account for around 33 percent of our electricity bill, and with the rising costs of power it may well be in our best interest to return to those simpler times. Perhaps the answer is not to buy more energy-efficient appliances, but to just buy less appliances altogether.

Weaning ourselves from this unnecessary clutter will not only save us money and space but will also save us all that extra washing up!


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I will agree that many appliances are unnecessary. However, you cannot make a blanket statement about the usefulness, or lack thereof, of any specific one in individual cases. I don't own a dishwasher, but find an electric can opener a necessity due to arthritis n my hands.
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