Keg Fridge

Written by Christopher Ransom
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Let's look at another analogy to better understand the benefits of owning a keg fridge. First we'll take a detour into the subject of cars, but trust me, it's relevant. I recently decided to go car shopping and discovered some interesting facts about what has become known as the vehicle's "true cost of ownership." This is a term that describes what it will cost you to own your car in the months and years to come. The word that jumps out there is "true," because while one car might seem like a better deal than another, the truth is sometimes more elusive.

In order to calculate the true cost of ownership for a given vehicle, there are several factors to consider above and beyond the sticker price of the car and the monthly payment. You must also consider the gas mileage, the cost of regular repairs, what is covered under warranty and what is not, the insurance rates, and so forth. Calculating all of these things helps you form an overall picture that can result in strange realization: that it might be cheaper for a person with good credit to lease a new Lexus than a own a ten year old Pontiac Firebird is but one, and I'll leave you to figure that one out (OK, it's the repairs and gas mileage, of course!)

The True Cost of Owning a Keg Fridge

When you're considering investing in a keg fridge, and anything that saves you money is investing in my book, understanding the factors that contribute to the true cost of ownership will help you make your decision. Because I am not an accountant, I'm not going to do all the math for you, but I will give you the parameters and scenarios and let you sort it out. Consider scenario A, where you will continue to drink beer from the bottle and can at a rate of twenty-four per week. That's about twenty bucks per week just for the beer and container deposits. Then you have the trash, the cost of keeping your fridge cold after you open it half a dozen times per day to get another beer. Also, you've got to make more trips to the store to get the beer, which eats gas and takes up your valuable time. Even if you make minimum wage, you're losing another seven bucks for one hour per week right there.

So for the sake of argument, let's agree that all told your total cost of ownership for beer by the can or bottle is thirty dollars per week. In scenario B, where a keg of beer lasts about two months even when consumed at the above rate, we multiply eight weeks times your thirty dollars for a total of two hundred and forty dollars. Since a keg of similarly priced beer costs about forty bucks to replace, that leaves you with two hundred dollars every two months to put toward your other keg fridge expenses, such as CO2, which costs as little as five bucks to refill at a gas supply house. Add in about five bucks a month to pay the electric bill to keep your keg fridge running, and over the course of one year you will have saved approximately $1,000. Suddenly that four hundred dollar price tag on your super cool keg fridge seems a lot less like an expense and a lot more like an investment, doesn't it?

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