Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Going completely off grid is not an option for me. The expense of solar panels and all that that entails is way beyond my limited budget. Also, some off grid ways are just way to labor intensive. I prefer to live with less grid instead.
I’m always thinking of possible ways to save even tiny amounts of energy. This translates to saving money. Every penny not given to a utility company can be used for other things. Well, I’ve got a new to me idea. On the last shopping day with my sister in law I was helping her search for a drink travel glass. Her’s had cracked so she needed a new one. She drinks diet soda and often takes a plastic travel glass with her. While we were searching where the drink travel glasses were located I happened to notice this kind on the high shelf of an isle end.
It was pretty expensive compared to the plastic ones. I can’t remember exactly how much and can’t find the receipt. I believe it may have been on sale for about $5. I convinced her it was a good price because it was insulated and said it would keep the drink cold for up to 18 hours. She bought one and so did I. I very rarely drink soda. Usually only when I’m sick I’ll drink a ginger ale. What intrigued me about this oversized glass was that it said it would keep hot drinks hot for up to 6 hours. If it does then this could save me a few pennies in energy use. How?
Well, I usually drink only one or two cups of coffee a day but take a sip now and then through the morning. By lunchtime I’m through. I’ve been using this coffee warmer to keep my coffee warm for me. It’s meant for using at an office desk but I kept mine on top of the microwave. I don’t know how much energy it uses but can’t be much. I’ve looked at thermos bottles. Have you seen the prices of them lately? Wow that’s sticker shock. $45 for just a small one. That’s too pricy for me to save a few pennies.
I told myself IF the new drink glass actually does keep the drink hot for six hours that would be more than enough time to drink my coffee and I could unplug the coffee warmer. So I tested it. It holds about 3 of my size cup. I’m not into “super size” which this glass is. I made only two cups of coffee and put them in the glass. I took a piece of masking tape to record the time on the outside of the cup to be sure I wouldn’t forget. I wanted to know if it would really stay drinking hot.
Sure enough, the coffee stayed reasonably warm. Not exactly hot until lunchtime. I believe the plastic top is one reason for heat loss and also as I drink the coffee it has less liquid mass to keep the liner hot.
I do like it and I’ve put the coffee warmer into the donations box. A penny saved is two pennies earned. I’m finally able to take coffee with me on our shopping trips too. Now if only they made a smaller size for one cup or in a kid size it would help. Not all of us are super sizers.
You can find more posts on the ways I save energy by clicking on this category link “energy savings” or the one found at the bottom of the page. The posts are from both where I used to live and here at this house.