Appliances are physically obvious, but they often don’t get thought of when it comes to the bills. Usually, you only replace your appliance when it stops working. However, appliances are growing in efficiency so much that it may start to make sense to replace old ones purely for the energy efficiency you can get.
You’ll pay for your appliance quickly. So, what are some of the appliances you want to take a look at if you want to start saving nearly immediately?
Here’s a few:
Get rid of those window AC units as fast as possible. They use 650 kWh per month for just a single unit, and you likely need several of them to keep your house cool. Heat pumps typically don’t cool quite as well as central air conditioners, but they do have awesome efficiency.
At the same time, heat pumps can be reversed in winter. You can use them to add heat to your home. So, they save you from having to buy and maintain another appliance.
You may sacrifice a little comfort, but that may not even be noticeable. And you’ll also get great energy savings.
After your heating and cooling system, water heaters eat up the most energy. They have to keep gallons of water hot and ready for your use. For a family of only two, the average water heater uses 2,400 kWh of electricity. In an average month, you use slightly less than that to heat or cool your home.
To put those numbers in perspective, the next most inefficient appliance in your home gobbles just 1,000 kWh hours annually.
Yep – your clothes drier, after your heating and cooling system, and water heater, uses the most electricity. If you have one powered by gas, then you’re probably running efficiently enough such that replacing doesn’t make sense. However, if you have an electric clothes dryer, you may want to consider replacing it.
We don’t get hit by the humidity here in Texas like they do in Florida, but we still have issues with it from time-to-time. Mold can grow in your home if you don’t have enough humidity removed from the air.
When dehumidifiers get used, they use an average of around 160 kWh per month because homeowners forget to turn them off when they don’t need them. That’s more energy than your fridge uses.
If you’re having efficiency issues, and you have some extra cash, that’s where you want to consider spending.