Are you thinking about replacing your refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes dryer, or another appliance in your home? You already know that owning energy-efficient appliances benefits the environment; they reduce the amount of pollution released by power plants. In addition to helping the environment, owning energy-efficient appliances can benefit your family. Today, I'm sharing just a few of the many reasons why you should make the switch to energy-efficient appliances and some ideas for how you can save energy with the ones you already have.
Rebates Available for Energy-Efficient Appliances
Did you know that it's possible to get a rebate after purchasing an energy-efficient appliance? Energy Star makes it easy to locate rebate deals. All you have to do is enter your ZIP code in the rebate finder and peruse the appliances available with rebates in your area. I like the idea of doing the right thing for the environment and getting a financial return; don't you?
Enjoy Lower Energy Bills
By design, energy-efficient appliances don't use more energy than necessary to serve their purpose. They have energy settings you can adjust to make them even more energy-efficient. For example, if you have a load of semi-dirty dishes, you can adjust the energy setting to give them a light wash. The light wash setting uses less water and power compared to the heavy wash setting you'd use for plates with dried spaghetti sauce or syrup on them.
Increase the Resale Value of Your Home
You may not envision selling your home. But if you ever decided to sell, your energy-efficient appliances would contribute to the value of your home. Owning a home with modern appliances and saving money on the monthly utility bill would definitely be appealing to buyers.
Tips for Operating Your Appliances in the Most Efficient Way
Load Your Dishwasher to Capacity
Though you can adjust energy settings on your appliances, you still want to make the most of every use. For instance, be sure to fully load your dishwasher before pushing the start button. If you only have a few items of clothing to wash, put them aside until you have a full load. Put off doing the laundry for a while? Sounds great to me!
Occasionally Test the Seal of Your Refrigerator
The seal on any refrigerator door can become worn over time. A worn seal allows cold air to escape, prompting the refrigerator to work harder to do its job. Run a quick test on your refrigerator door seal by putting a dollar bill against the seal and closing the door with the bill halfway in and halfway out. If you can pull the dollar bill out while the refrigerator door is closed, then your seal is worn out. Replacing the seal is fairly simple and can get your energy-efficient refrigerator working at its best again.
Select an Appliance in a Suitable Size
When choosing an energy-efficient appliance, think about how it will be used by your family. For instance, if you are purchasing a clothes dryer, think about how much laundry you do in a week. If you only dry a load or two, then a smaller clothes dryer would suffice.
You don't need to swap out all of your appliances at once. But next time you need one, consider the value of getting one that's designed to be energy-efficient.
Thanks for reading. - Alan