May 24

It May Be Time to Increase Your Household Efficiencies

With the push homeowners are feeling towards going green, it can be tempting to scrap your old appliances for new, energy-efficient models. Ditching your old appliances for new ones may not be the greenest avenue to take. Unless there is a recycling center or scrap yard near you, your old appliances may very well end up in a landfill. Here’s how to know when it’s time to trade in your old appliances for green alternatives:


If your refrigerator was made before 1993, it’s time to have it replaced. Because your refrigerator runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it is the biggest energy drain in your kitchen. Models that were manufactured prior to 1993 used far more electric components than the models manufactured today. Waiting to replace your refrigerator until it breaks down is a very realistic option, but if your refrigerator is more than 20 years old, you may want to consider replacing it now.


Not only is an old dishwasher an energy hog, it uses far more water than the models manufactured today. If your dishwasher was made before 1994, it’s time to replace it! Replacing your ancient dishwasher with an ENERGY STAR model will save you ten gallons of water per cycle and close to $40 per year on your utility bills. Models that have been produced in the last couple of years are even more energy-efficient!


Washer and Dryer

Your washer and dryer have a shorter lifespan than your other appliances. If your washer and dryer were made prior to 2002, it’s time to replace them. An ENERGY STAR certified washing machine will use 50 percent less water and 37 percent less energy than models made just ten years ago. The money you save in utility costs will pay you back for your dryer over the lifetime of your washer.

Electric Fireplace

Although an electric fireplace is not considered an appliance, it is something that can add aesthetically to your home as well as help to decrease your heating bill while reducing pollutants. If you already have a fireplace, it may be time to replace it with a new, energy efficient electric one. An electric fireplace gives you the opportunity to simply heat the room that it is in so that you can enjoy the comfort of that room while not having to heat the whole house. It can turn a cold winter night of watching TV into a cozy, comfortable retreat away from the frigid weather outside.

Before you make the final decision to replace your appliances, there are questions to ask yourself:

  • Is my appliance still under warranty?
  • How old is my appliance?
  • Will the cost to repair my appliance cost more than half of the price of a replacement?
  • Can I repair it myself?
  • Will I keep my new appliances long enough to realize a cost savings?
  • Are there any extra costs that I need to consider when replacing my appliances?

If your appliance is broken and can easily be fixed, it may make more sense to repair it rather than replace it. If, on the other hand, it would cost several hundred dollars to fix your machine, it may be time to scrap it in exchange for a new one. If your appliance breaks down unexpectedly, a payday loan can be an option for you. The amount of money that you save on your utility bills can pay you back several times over.

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