[tweetmeme source=”plassappliance”]Still using that old washing machine that you purchased way back when? I bet you’re happy that you haven’t had to replace it, right? Well did you know that with a new Energy Star clothes washer you could be saving yourself money while protecting the environment? It’s true. Today’s appliances are more energy-efficient and more advanced than ever before. They use less total energy, use less water, and less of an effect on the environment. By making an investment in a new energy star appliance you are making a conscious effort to protect the environment as well as put more money back in your pocket. Here are some appliance models that make for great upgrades to a new energy star appliance.
Clothes Washers: Did you know that the average family washes over 400 loads of laundry a year? That’s a lot of laundry! Think about the amount of energy and the amount of water being used with each load and each wash. It adds up. By purchasing a new Energy Star clothes washer you can cut those energy cost by a third and your water costs by more than a half. That’s because Energy Star qualified clothes washers use about 30% less energy and over 50% less water than regular clothes washers. If your washer is over 10 years old, replace it with a new Energy Star qualified washer and you can save up to $135 a year.
Dishwashers: How old is your dishwasher? 5, 10, 15 years old? Hopefully you’re not using a dishwasher over 15 years old. If so, you’re paying an additional $40 a year on your utility bills compared to owning a new Energy Star qualified model. A dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. If you were to replace your old dishwasher with a new Energy Star qualified model, you’d save enough water each week to wash 3 loads of laundry in your new Energy Efficient front load clothes washer. Don’t wash away your savings with an old dishwasher, upgrade to a new Energy Star model, save on your utility bills and reduce your water consumption to help protect our lakes, streams, and oceans.
Refrigerators: Replacing your old fridge can pay you dividends in savings on your energy bills thanks to advancements and improvements in technology and design. Newly engineered compressors run more efficiently and use less energy and better quality interior insulation allows for less energy loss. Energy Star Refrigerators are required to use 20% less energy than stand unit refrigerators that are not labeled with the Energy Star logo. Say you had an 10-year-old refrigerator, if you were to replace it with an Energy Star qualified model and you could save up to $100 a year on energy costs. Replace a refrigerator from the 1970’s, with a new Energy Star qualified model and that doubles to a savings of $200 a year. Kick that old ice box to the curb, and upgrade to a new Energy Star qualified refrigerator.
Freezers: Freezers have a similar story as refrigerators. The older the freezer, the more energy usage to run the unit, which equals a higher the energy cost. Similar improvements with compressors and interior insulation on freezers have greatly improved the energy efficiency and environmental impact of the units. An Energy Star qualified freezers uses 10% less energy than a new Non-Energy Star qualified model. Still using that freezer you purchased in the early 90’s, it could be costing you an extra $35 on your utility bills. Worse yet, a freezer purchased in the 80’s, could be costing you on average an extra $70 a year on your utility bills. Start saving today on your energy bills by selecting a new Energy Star qualified freezer model with the latest features.
Buy Energy Star Appliances to not only save money on your utility bills but also to help do your part to protect the environment. For more information on Energy Star qualified products and the benefits of upgrading to a New Energy Star qualified model, visit the Energy Star Products Page. Other great resources include the U.S Department of Energy as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.