Using more energy-efficient appliances is definitely better for the environment, but this isn’t the only potential benefit from making the switch from older appliances. Choosing green appliances will provide a number of other benefits as well.
Lower Energy Bills
The most important benefit of choosing more energy-efficient appliances is, of course, lower energy bills. Everyone would prefer to save money. These appliances use less electricity, and in the case of dishwashers and washing machines less water as well, so energy bills will go down compared to when you used to use older appliances. With some appliances, these savings are $100 per year or more.
Increased Home Value
Having newer, better, more energy-efficient appliances is also a good way to make it easier to sell a home and make the home worth slightly more money when it does get sold. Potential buyers tend to check out the appliances to see how much they’ll have to spend to run them.
Potential Tax Breaks
In some cases, changing over to greener appliances can also make it so you qualify for tax breaks. This requires choosing Energy Star rated appliances, as these tend to be the best for saving on energy.
Tips for Choosing New Appliances
When the old machine is worn out and no longer efficient, look for new models that are Energy Star rated. The Energy Star label can help you compare which appliances are the most energy-efficient. When it comes to air conditioners, make sure to check to see that you aren’t buying one that is bigger than you need. Keep in mind that although these appliances may cost more upfront than a non-Energy Star appliance, the energy savings per year will make them worth the money in the long run, especially as many appliances last between 10 and 20 years.
What to Do With Old Appliances
Look for a place that will recycle your old appliances, rather than giving them to someone else or putting them in a landfill. They aren’t energy-efficient, so it’s better to get them out of circulation. If the company you bought your new appliance from doesn’t recycle, there are a number of websites, including Earth911.com, that will help you locate a suitable recycling center where you can bring the old appliance.