Homeowners looking to reduce energy usage should look towards their appliances, which can account for 30 percent or more of a home's monthly energy costs. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that each American family spends $2,200 a year on electricity, and whether you are looking to make some changes in an effort to save money, the environment, or both, energy-efficient appliances can have a positive impact on your efforts. Read on to learn why and when you should consider upgrading your household appliances, courtesy of the experienced professionals at Mr. Appliance®.
Why Do We Need Energy Efficient Appliances?
Energy-efficient appliances are engineered to complete the task at hand while expending a minimal amount of energy, in an effort to reduce fuel consumption. Appliances that have the ENERGY STAR® rating have been certified to save money and resources and protect the environment without sacrificing performance. The benefits of upgrading to energy-efficient appliances include:
Decreased Carbon Footprint
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average single-family home can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 130,000 pounds over the lifespan of energy-efficient appliances. You can use this EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator to estimate the impact of your household and determine which areas need improvement.
Today's energy-efficient appliances are more convenient and easier to use than their older predecessors and can often complete the scheduled task in a fraction of the time while using less energy and water.
Updated appliances will give you better results than old, inefficient, or worn appliances, with cleaner clothes, spotless dishes, safer cooling, and more, while innovative technology offers users a feature-rich experience to enhance your lifestyle.
Return on Investment
If you plan to sell your home in the near future upgraded appliances can add value and make your home more attractive to buyers.
Rebates and other incentives may apply to upgraded energy and water-efficient appliances, that can help to lower the lifetime cost of the appliance.
Energy-efficient appliances can offer substantial savings over their older counterparts, with annual savings of anywhere from 20 to 50 percent. In addition to the energy and money you can save, appliances such as a dishwasher or clothes washer can help to reduce water usage with smart technology that produces the same or better results with less waste.
If you're still asking yourself the question "Why buy energy-efficient appliances?", our fellow Neighborly brand, Mr. Electric®, can help, with this guide to energy-efficient kitchen appliances that can help you see exactly how much you can save.
When Is the Right Time to Upgrade to Energy Efficient Appliances?
In addition to adding caulking and weatherstripping to prevent air leaks, replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs, and other energy-saving measures, upgrading your appliances can help reduce energy consumption and save you money. Prioritize your purchases to maximize your savings by replacing only those appliances that are nearing or past their normal lifespan, starting with those that cost the most to operate. If your refrigerator is low on your list, you can help it operate more efficiently using these tips.
Look for products with the ENERGY STAR label, narrow down your options to suit your budget, and compare which models have the features you want with the energy savings you desire.
You can keep your appliances operating at peak efficiency with regular maintenance and efficient repair services from the team of knowledgeable experts at Mr. Appliance. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of upgrading to energy-efficient appliances or call (888) 998-2011 to schedule an appointment today!