Easy Ways to Cut Home Appliance Energy Costs

January 13, 2012

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Energy Star home appliances save most money and resources

Cut major home appliance energy costs and save money and resources in the new year.

Tips on how to do it:

  • Replace an old refrigerator with a newer model – Refrigerators made before 1993 cost on the average $140 a year in electricity and units built between 1993-2001 cost about $60 a year to operate. Newer Energy Star rated refrigerator models usually cost $20 worth of electricity to run. If you spend $600 to buy a new refrigerator, it will last for several decades and should pay for itself in less than five years. For your refrigerator to run best and most efficiently clean the condenser coils annually, maintain it well and repair when necessary. For refrigerator parts and repair and maintenance help, consult this excellent appliance resource.
  • Replace a top-loading washer with a front-loading model – Front loading washing machines use up to 50 percent less energy and a third less water to do the same amount of laundry. A new front load washer will pay for itself in six years and should last for more than ten.Note: A front-loading Energy Star–certified washing machine saves enough energy every year to light your entire home for a month and a half. It  also saves  enough water in one year as an average person drinks during one’s lifetime.
  • Run your dishwasher only when it is full – Most efficient dishwashers on the market use a third of the water of hand washing. Remember that 80 percent of a dishwasher’s energy use goes into heating water, so fill up the machine to get the most out of it. If you select “unheated air-drying”  on the control panel, you will cut that cost by 12 percent.

Information source: www.energystar.gov

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