Have you ever stopped to consider how much money you spend to operate your home’s major appliances? The average US Household spends around $1,000 each year on electricity to run common household appliances. When it’s time to purchase a new home appliance, look for the Energy Star label, designating products that are built to save energy. Not only will energy-efficient appliances decrease your utility, but when used properly, you’ll also minimize your personal impact on the environment.

The cost of running appliances varies because each one uses different amounts of energy. Here are a few tips to help you save on utility costs.

Refrigerators: Refrigerators last an average of 13 years. High-efficiency models can consume up to 40% less energy, with a potential to save at least $150 over a year of use. Some best practices are to keep your refrigerator set at 37 degrees F, so food stays fresh without making your fridge work so hard, and to keep it full so it won’t lose as much coolness when the door is open.
Dishwashers: On average, dishwashers last about 9-13 years. If you’re using a high-efficiency dishwasher over this time period, you’ll use half as much water and 40% less electricity, which can equal big cost savings! Fun full loads whenever possible to save water and energy.
Ranges & Ovens: The lifespan of an electric range is about 13-15 years and a gas range will usually last around 15-17 years. If you have a high-efficiency induction range you’ll use less energy because it heats cookware much faster and doesn’t allow as much heat to escape, not to mention food is cooked more evenly. Regularly cleaning the cooktop and the oven will help extend its lifespan too.
HVAC Systems: If your heating and cooling system is more than 10-15 years old, you’re probably not getting the most efficiency, and comfort, for your energy dollars. A new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner can save you money on operating costs and keep your home comfortable.

Want more tips? Check out https://www.energystar.gov/products/energy_star_home_upgrade

This article is from our Fall 2023 Comfort News

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