Announcing Our First Winner!

A Savenia Labs Rated GE Microwave for our winner

A Savenia Labs Rated GE Microwave for our winner

Savenia Labs is proud to announce the first winner of our Vampire Power Contest.  We asked if you could guess the difference in vampire power usage between the best and worst microwaves on the market in the US (among the top 20 most popular).  Guesses were all over the place – from as low as a few percent up to our winner’s guess of 72%.  And even that was quite short.  The actual answer?  A whopping 433%.

We reported a few weeks ago that the clock on your microwave could cost you $30 over the microwave’s lifetime.  By purchasing an energy efficient microwave you could cut that bill substantially.  Added together with all your household appliances, vampire energy costs the average Marylander almost $200 per year.  Make sure you check Savenia Labs’ Energy Ratings, available this fall, before you buy to know which microwaves and other appliances help you save money.

When our contest winner picks up her Savenia Labs rated microwave, we’ll tell you a little more about her.  We thank everyone who entered this week’s contest and hope you’ll all enter next week for a chance to win another Savenia Labs rated appliance.

2 thoughts on “Announcing Our First Winner!

  1. I love this article because I still have my Amana microwave from when I was first married and use it daily whether plugged in or not. If it costs me roughly $30 over its lifetime, that would be $1 @ year, which I can afford. I get the picture with other appliances, but Amana created the first microwave convection oven, which I still own and use and it runs as a third oven when needed–I like to cook. It runs on microwave only, convection only or a combination of microwave and convection. What I love about my newer stove which pulls major energy, that on convection bake, I can cook 3 different foods that should have required 3 different temperatures and the convection reads the density of foods and cooks accordingly–this is the Electrolux oven and I love this oven. MFailor

  2. Thanks for your comment. We also used to have an original Amana microwave many years ago so we know how you feel. Most consumers now expect a microwave to last 6 years, so if you have kept that Amana for 30 years, at a minimum around $150 has gone to the vampires – and as technology has changed dramatically over that period – it may very well be much much more. The more important aspect is the power usage when you cook – this accounts for most of the energy and because it is an older unit there could be an exponentially larger bill here. If you’re interested in seeing how much – why not try a Kill-a-Watt or other energy sensing device and let us know what you come up with.

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