Kitchen appliance upgrades to reduce energy costs

Older dishwashers could be raising the energy costs of many homeowners.

In my last post, I talked to you about my adventures replacing our basement refrigerator and the reduced energy expenses my wife and I saw as a result. Since this recent switch has been so beneficial, we have been considering buying a new refrigerator for our kitchen, which has a few older appliances that could be costing us more money than necessary.

For example, our downstairs fridge was about 15 years old, and research suggests this added as much as $200 to our yearly energy bills. Some experts say a new fridge, especially one equipped with a great Energy Star rating, can cost as little as $1 a week.

This can add up to a savings of about $150 dollars a year, which isn't exactly chump change these days. In addition, our dishwasher is in bad need of an overhaul. While they say "they don't make them like they used to," the old adage may not be true when it comes to this appliance.

Our dishwasher uses around 15 gallons of water during a normal wash cycle, which while that doesn't sound like much, is far more than current models. On today's market, some new dishwashers uses as little as three gallons to perform the safe job.

This seemingly small savings can then be invested in other energy saving techniques. For example, by purchasing electric fans, you can reduce your air conditioning costs in the summer. When it comes to energy efficiency its all about investing and saving. By cutting costs here and there and then reducing them further with new purchases, homeowners can ensure they don't waste more money. After all who wouldn't enjoy a nice vacation right about now as the temperatures are dropping and the electric heaters are back in action once again? 

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