pay for itself


: to save as much money over a period of time as something costs initially
windows that pay for themselves within five years by saving on heating costs

Examples of pay for itself in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given that, the system would pay for itself in about 17 years and net more than $14,000 in energy cost savings after a quarter-century, for an annual rate of return of around 2 percent on our initial investment. Tik Root, WIRED, 30 Mar. 2024 Whether that means hiring a designer for a full plan set or even just hiring a designer for a consult, hiring a professional who is well versed in climate-appropriate gardens will pay for itself. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Its proposition was that spreading dignity, promoting equity, inspiring pride in its residents — all this would pay for itself in the long run. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Backed by a coalition of economists and former city officials, the group has argued previously that a reduction in tax revenue would pay for itself by attracting more homeowners and developers to the city. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan. 2024 Varanasi claims that once at full scale, the approach can be efficient, productive, and able to pay for itself in as little as two years. IEEE Spectrum, 8 June 2018 After the Dodgers introduced Ohtani at a news conference Thursday, the Dodgers’ president declined to dispel the notion that Ohtani’s contract could pay for itself. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2023 The cooling device, which is designed to last five years, could pay for itself in less than a year with insurance reimbursement — depending on usage. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2023 For example, if an employee makes $15 an hour, Copilot would need to save them two hours a month to pay for itself. Isabelle Bousquette, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2023

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“Pay for itself.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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