You may not realize this, but your old appliances are a big reason why your electricity bills are higher. Fortunately, there are ways you can rectify this problem and enjoy significant savings.
Your Older Appliances Are Energy Hogs
Even if you have taken great care of your older appliances and they are in mint condition, they are still energy hogs. Older appliances are not efficient because the technology to allow appliances to run more efficiently did not exist when those appliances were created. That’s why older appliances require more energy to run than their newer counterparts.
Appliances That Are Known for Hogging Energy
There are four appliances that are known for hogging energy, with the first being your HVAC system. Your HVAC system can consume half of the energy that you use. Turning down the heat or raising the temperature of your AC may not be enough to help cut costs since older units require so much energy to run. Refrigerators are another energy guzzler. Older refrigerators can consume approximately 1,700 kWh compared to newer models that consume around 450 kWh.
Additionally, older hot water heaters are known for consuming copious amounts of energy. Such hot water heaters will run around five hours a day to maintain water temperatures while more efficient models will run half the amount of time. Finally, older washing machines are real energy hogs, as many older models use 1,500 watts of energy per hour.
Replace Your Old Appliances With Newer Models
To enjoy significant energy savings, it is advantageous to swap out all your older appliances for those that are up to date and more energy efficient. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, you may want to start by replacing it.
Summers are hot and winters are freezing in Boise, ID, and you need a system that will keep the temperature in your home comfortable without draining your wallet, and the newer systems will do just that. You may even be able to significantly cut back on energy use by simply replacing an older thermostat with a programmable or smart thermostat.
As for the rest of your appliances, choose those that have the Energy Star seal. These are guaranteed to run more efficiently and use far less energy. You will notice a significant drop in your energy bill once you have made the switch.
If you are tired of giving your hard-earned money to energy companies, contact Sublime Electric for help. We can provide guidance related to updating your appliances, and we can even install energy-efficient lighting that will maximize your savings even more. We pride ourselves in providing top-notch customer service, and we look forward to serving you.