Buying a new home appliance every time a new model comes into the market is not wise. However, there are times when buying a new home appliance actually means savings. This is when a home appliance with new energy-saving technology is introduced in the market. Following are the 4 old home appliances that you should consider replacing if newer energy efficient models are available.
An Energy Star dishwasher helps you save water as well as energy. It has been estimated that an Energy Star dishwasher helps you save five thousand gallons of water and around $45 in energy costs per year. A dishwasher is particularly useful if you have a large family and wash a lot of dishes.
The technology in refrigerators has improved. Now, with better insulation and other tweaks, an Energy Star compliant refrigerator can help reduce your refrigerator’s electricity consumption by 20 percent.
Like refrigerators, freezers have improved their energy efficiency over time, and now they use considerably less energy. An Energy Star freezer and easily save 10% energy and cut $70 from your annual electricity bill. If you choose a chest freezer without any unnecessary features, like automatic defrost, and take well care of it, you can even cut more of your energy bills.
4. Washing Machine
Most families run more than four hundred loads of laundry every year. Due to such heavy use, a little more energy efficiency can go a long way in saving energy and money. An efficient washing machine can cut the energy cost by one-third and cut the water consumption by half. Choose an Energy Star home appliance for washing your clothes and save up to $130 in the energy costs. Front load washing machines tend to use less water and less energy. Also, pay attention to the typical requirement of your household as choosing a very small or a very large washing machine is not energy efficient.