Household Appliances as Tools

by adminpower

This entry is a little offbeat. You may not think of a refrigerator, a stove, a washing machine or a dryer as a tool but ask the person who uses them the most. Even if people can’t afford new appliances, they consider them a useful enough tool to buy a used refrigerator, or a used washing machine and dryer or whatever they need.

Can you imagine not having them? A washing machine and a dryer is one thing, but a refrigerator and a stove? What would you do, start collecting wood to build a fire and cook over the fire? Or, the next step up, a wood stove that you would have to cut or buy the wood and then get the fire lit whenever you needed to use it. Can you imagine the heat that would generate in the summer.

Without a fridge, what would you do? Only buy canned goods and dried goods so the food wouldn’t spoil without a refrigerator? Or go to the food store every day to buy just what you need. Having a modern refrigerator is not only a time saver but also a money saver. A lot less food goes bad, so less has to be thrown out. Plus, you don’t need to be going to the store which takes time that you could be doing something else.

In many third world countries, people can spend up to a half a day each day going to get water and even then, frequently the water isn’t very good and makes them sick. Rather than spending lots of time getting food and water, we just open the fridge and turn on the tap. (Granted we do have to go shopping once in a while for the food) Then you pop the food in the microwave and a minute or two later you are eating. Or take a bit longer and put it on the stove or in the oven. The difference is staggering.

And now, in some cities you can just pick up your cell phone and order dinner and a hot meal made to order is delivered in half an hour. You have taken all of a minute to place the order. (Although, this may mean that you don’t need a fridge and a stove. Just get all the meals delivered.)