Sky High Electric Bills?
While the wise and frugal mindset generally strives to get the most use out of an item before purchasing a new one, hanging on to an old appliance can often be far from frugal. Older models of appliances such as refrigerators, clothes dryers, and even vacuum cleaners were not designed with a priority of energy efficiency as they are today; consequently, they can rack up your energy bill to the point where buying a newer model doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.
Energy efficient appliances have recently flooded the market, and we often wonder, why has it taken them so long to make this a priority? The main reason for the focus on energy-efficient designs is simply the increasing cost of residential electricity combined with the growing numbers of electrical devices used in the common home. People are wanting to save money and resources, so the manufacturers are accommodating the demand.
Choosing Your Battles
What are the appliances that deserve the most attention? While almost all newer electrical devices (from light bulbs to TVs) are more efficient than older ones, obviously some are going to impact your energy bill than others. These are a few of the big boys when it comes to using electricity; if you are considering replacing outdated appliances to save money, these are some good choices to start with.
- Electric clothes dryers
- Air conditioners
- Water heater
Getting the Most Out of Your Money
When you’re shopping for a new Dryer, Water heater, etc., how do you know what will help you cut some of those big energy costs?
One of the best ways to find a high-efficiency model is by looking for the government-backed ENERGY STAR certification. This certification indicates that the appliance is highly efficient, and can use as much as 50% less energy to operate than models from just 8 years ago! ENERGY STAR certifications have been awarded to every type of product you’ll ever need in your home, so just look for the symbol to save big on your bill.
Are the Higher Price Tags Worth it?
No doubt, you’ll notice when you’re shopping for new appliances, the models with ENERGY STAR certifications cost more initially than the less efficient counterparts. This is simply because you are buying a higher quality product that will give you more for your money. 10-50% savings add up quick to make the purchase well worth it.
In addition to the energy savings, most states (including Nevada) offer financial incentives to homeowners and businesses that are trying to improve energy efficiency. Look up what your options so you don’t missing good deals!
Ask the Experts
If you have any more questions about how to make your home more safe and efficient, don’t hesitate to contact us at Penny Electric. There are many factors that go into a well functioning home when it comes to electricity. Outdated or overloaded wiring, corroded light sockets, and popping switches are all indications that you could be putting yourself at risk, and losing money too.
Having a professional come evaluate the efficiency of your home is a great way to make positive changes in your home or business. And if you ever have an electrical problem, we offer 24/7 emergency services to the Las Vegas area.
Ready, Set, Save!
Now that you know how to lower your energy bill, it’s time to make some changes and start saving money (have you been wondering what to do with that tax return?).
Happy shopping, and have fun improving your home; an appliance upgrade never sounded better!