Update Your Appliances and Save a Wad of Cash

Do you currently have olive green appliances in your kitchen by any chance? I would be shocked if anyone actually said yes to that question, but I guess anything is possible.  The fact is, many of us believe that if something still works, we should continue to use it. After all, buy a new appliance would be a waste of money, right? Well… not necessarily. Let’s explore this topic a little bit.


Your Refrigerator – the Main Offender


If you currently have a refrigerator that is more than 20 years old, you are wasting energy big time. During my college years, my friend lived in a house with a bunch of his buddies and they had a refrigerator that was from the late 80s. It worked perfectly fine and kept the food cold and everything, but it ran often, and you could tell it was working hard when it was (in other words, it was LOUD). He thought it was the greatest thing because he got it for free from one of his distant relatives. Little did he know though, that it really wasn’t free. He was paying for it every month in his utility bills, modern refrigerators are much more efficient, and sometimes they come with a whirlpool refrigerator water filter which will also help your health.


If you have a fridge that’s a couple decades old, you are throwing away about $100 every year (compared to if you had a newer energy saver fridge). I wouldn’t necessarily suggest buying a brand new one, but if you can find a lightly used one at a discounted price, it would most definitely be worth making the switch.


The Water Softener


This is one item that we hardly ever think about, but it is important for sure, especially if you have hard water. With Fleck Water Softener, you could be experiencing better water while saving on energy each month. And, a savings of energy means a savings in money! Take a look at the Harvey block salt softener for more details.


The Dishwasher


If you have a family of four or more, I bet you have the dishwasher running all the time! And, what if you have an outdated, non-energy saving dishwasher? It’s probably not only a waste of water, but also a waste of time, and a waste of energy.


If you were to upgrade to an energy star appliance, you could be saving about $25 a year. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but remember too that there may be tax credits on these purchases! Keep your receipts and claim these items on your taxes next year!


Light Bulbs


Changing your light bulbs from regular bulbs to higher efficiency bulbs is one of the easiest things you can do to save money and energy in your home. And, there are other benefits to trading out your light bulbs too! Many times, the energy saver bulbs are brighter which make your room look ten times better. And, they actually last longer than the regular bulb which means you don’t have to risk your life on your rickety step ladder! Increase your efficiency, save money, and live happier.