Appliances use a significant amount of your house’s energy, especially appliances that are older than 10 years. According to the Department of Energy, 13% of your house’s energy goes to appliances, with refrigeration, cooking, and laundry being the biggest contributors. Appliance standards have changed significantly over the years, so new appliances are much more energy efficient than older ones. Refrigerators today use about 75% less energy than refrigerators from the 1970’s.
By replacing old appliances with newer and more energy efficient appliances, you can both reduce your energy usage and monthly energy bills significantly. This can reduce your impact on the Earth while saving some money along the way.
When shopping for new appliances, here are some tips that can help pick the right appliance for you:
– Look for the energy star label – Appliances with the energy star label exceed the energy efficiency standards set by the federal government, thus making them the most energy efficient appliances on the market.
– Look at the EnergyGuide label – Every appliance has to have an EnergyGuide label, either on the appliance itself or on its packaging. Just because an appliance has an EnergyGuide label does not make it an energy efficient appliance, but the label can be used as a tool to estimate the operating costs for the appliance and the annual energy consumption.
– Choose an appliance that is the right size for you – larger appliances use more energy, while smaller ones will use less. So when picking out an appliance make sure it is the right size for you, because oversized appliances will just waste energy and money.
So if your fridge is old enough to vote, it might be time to start thinking about replacing it. Remember to check to see if there are any rebates or incentives for buying a new appliance. Places to look if there are any rebates and incentives is with your local utility and Energy Star Rebate Locator.