The Snackwell’s Effect and Energy-Efficient Home Appliances
Ever heard of the Snackwell’s effect? The logic goes that when faced with a “healthy” cookie alternative like Snackwell’s, snackers tend to overindulge and eat more calories than if they munched on regular cookies. An article in Consumer Reports relates the Snackwell’s Effect to home appliance usage. A 2008 study by University of Michigan economist Lucas David showed that those who owned energy-efficient washing machines did more loads of laundry than those who had traditional washers. The article offers tips on how to maximize usage of your energy-efficient appliances. For instance, front-loaders, as opposed to top-loaders, can provide a $130 annual savings since they use 50 percent less water and energy.