Why Upgrade Your Appliances?
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE UPGRADING YOUR APPLIANCES
Did you know appliances account for a whopping 20% of home energy use? That’s why purchasing energy-efficient appliances is not only better for the environment, but for your pocketbook as well. Any time an old appliance gives out, it’s a good idea to replace it with an upgraded energy-saving model.
According to the EPA, efficient appliances use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. Even installing ceiling fans and tank-less water heaters can reduce your energy consumption. Let’s take a look at how you can save with some of your biggest home appliances:
Refrigerators: In most homes, refrigerators are the most energy-consuming appliances, accounting for about one-third of the electric bill. This is especially true for all refrigerators purchased prior to 1993, which were designed very inefficiently. If you own a refrigerator that was purchased before then, it’s a good idea to replace it as soon as you can with a new fridge marked with the Energy Star logo — it should be up to 50 percent more efficient than a pre-1993 fridge, saving you over $70 a year on energy costs.
Washing Machines: An efficient washer uses 50% less energy than a standard washer, and uses 15 to 22 fewer gallons of water per load. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recommends replacing washing machines older than ten years with Energy Star models. Making this switch will save you about $100 per year!
When you upgrade, it’s important to be a conscious consumer. That means not just dumping your old appliances in the trash — recycle them! To recycle your old appliances, visit Earth911 for an appliance recycler in your neighborhood.
Lastly, keep in mind that the U.S. government offers tax break incentives to many residential consumers who follow energy-efficient measures in their home. Double win!