Energy Guide: Are you in need of a new appliance?
Written by: Michelle Fonseca
A cost efficient appliance may seem like a great investment at the moment. However, as time goes on, that inexpensive appliance could potentially be costing you more rather than saving you money like it once did. There are some major characteristics when purchasing an appliance that are easily recognizable and others are less visible. When looking for an energy efficient appliance, here are some tips that can save your wallet.
- Appliances older than 2001 have GOT TO GO.
Older appliances mean it’s time for an upgrade! Because these appliances are almost over two decades old, they typically are not up to date with the energy saving mechanisms of newer appliances. Also, the older the product the less effective it is causing our wallets to starve.
- Energy Star appliances are everyone’s best friend.
— Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy; and
— Make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.” (Energy Star)
These appliances are typically 10-40% more efficient than any appliance and are better for your wallet and the environment.
- Look for washers with NO agitators and dryers with moister sensors.
An agitator is the column in the middle of your washer that takes up a tremendous amount of space allowing for smaller loads to be washed at a time. Moister sensors detect when your clothes are completely dry, avoiding over drying, potentially saving you energy as you are able to finish your loads faster.
- Do not buy a television with a plasma screen.
Plasma is an ionized gas that is harmful to you and the environment. Look for an LED TV as they are more energy efficient and better for everyone.
- Invest in solar panels on your roof top.
This renewable source of energy is better for the environment as it does not use natural gases and there is an abundance of solar energy. Solar panels, for example, increase your home’s value, are energy independent, and benefit you and future generations. Solar panels can be used as a tax incentive; you can receive rebates and tax credits. Some things to keep in mind are: your home must be less than 10-12 years old, you should plan to stay in your home for 7-10 years, and your average electricity bills average $150 per month.
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