It’s been years since my husband and I last owned a toaster. In fact, I believe we’d only owned one: A cheap machine we bought in a set when we first got married. Needless to say, it didn’t last very long before burning out, and we never bothered to replace it. That’s not to say we don’t eat toast, because we do. All the time. It’s just that we’ve been using the oven.
Yes. I said the oven. As in the full-sized, energy hog of an oven, every time we want a piece of toast. In my defense, I usually make toast for the whole family all at once. Still, it is a giant waste of energy to heat this hulking appliance every time we want toast. So my husband finally reminded me that we really need a toaster.
Naturally, my first reaction was to try to find an “eco-friendly toaster,” assuming there was such a thing. Apparently, there is not. Not really, anyway. All the information I found indicates that (obviously), it is more energy efficient to use a toaster than a conventional oven, and even MORE energy efficient to use a microwave. But since microwaves don’t make great toast, I figured we’d be OK simply by using a toaster at all (instead of the oven).
So here’s to our new toaster with slots large enough for bagels. And yes. We will unplug it when its not being used. Just like the coffee maker.
What bonehead things have you been doing that you realize you could easily change? Share your green confessions in the comments below!