Why Upgrade Your Appliances?
Did you know appliances can account for up to 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.
What to Know Before Upgrading Your Appliances
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (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 appliance, accounting for about one-third of the electric bill. This is especially true for all refrigerators purchased prior to 1993 — which is before the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program was introduced. If you own a refrigerator that was purchased before then, it’s a good idea to replace it with a new fridge marked with the ENERGY STAR logo — it could be up to 50% more efficient than a pre-1993 fridge, giving you significant savings on energy costs.
Dishwashers. ENERGY STAR dishwashers are an estimated 25% more efficient than conventional models. In addition to energy savings, they also minimize water use and demand on your water heater. That’s great news for all-around efficiency and savings to you!
Clothes washers and dryers. 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 ENERY STAR models. ENERGY STAR wants you to pledge to make laundry better with a campaign designed to promote washer/dryer efficiency, save you money and support a healthier environment.
And last but not least, don’t leave your conscience behind when you upgrade. Old appliances don’t belong in the trash — recycle them! Visit Earth911 to find appliance recyclers in your neighborhood.
When it’s time to replace an appliance, save money and energy with a more efficient option. Your monthly budget — and the environment — will breathe a little sigh of relief.