You know that 1990s prosthetic-limb colored tumble dryer you inherited from your dear old grandma, the one you love so much? Well, even though it still works like a dream, it may not be the most energy efficient appliance to be celebrating and clawing onto for dear life. You see, if there is one area in which modern upgrades have come on leaps and bounds, it is in their energy-saving abilities.
It isn’t just the bigger appliances either. Things like old vacuum cleaners can actually spread dust, and old microwaves can use up more energy than new ovens. In fact, out of date appliances tend to chew up and spit out an extra 13% of your total household energy costs, which should be enough reason to stump up and upgrade.
With this in mind, we have come up with a list of the big household appliances that, when they start showing their age, are known to start robbing you blind. Don’t worry, a lot of the time a service could be the answer.
Air Conditioning Unit
These summer-month lifesavers are known to suck up energy faster than they expel warm air. Luckily, you can quite easily find out your units energy efficiency rating and decide whether you need to look into replacing your AC by looking at the EER rating. The higher the number, the more efficient it is. To give you a sense of comparison, most standard range options these days get a rating of 10. Of course, it is worth speaking to a servicing company and seeing whether a little sprucing up would be better, but if not, then don’t waste any more time or money.
This is one of those appliances that have seen the most staggering change. Today, a modern dishwasher will use an average of 5.5 gallons of water a cycle. Out of date ones, however, can use up to an average of 10.8 gallons per cycle. That is quite the difference. Then there is the fact the more recent upgrades are both quieter and better at cleaning (which is kind of useful). If you aren’t keen on buying a new machine, though, your best bet is to just change your habits. That means only use it when it is full, now delayed cycles, don’t wash at hotter than 130 degrees, and run the hot water tap in your sink for a minute before switching on the dishwasher.
If you ever see an advert that states you need to upgrade your dryer for energy efficiency reasons switch the channel. The only reason you should get a new dryer is if your current one stops working. That is because the energy usage hasn’t changed for years and years, which is why Energy Star doesn’t even offer a rating. Basically, they are still as bad as they were six years ago. So save your pennies.
If you are still using your fridge from the 2000s, then you really need to upgrade as a matter of urgency and bring your home into the 21st Century. That is because modern refrigerators use about 55% less energy than their parents. But before you just rush into a shop and spend the cash on one, it is worth knowing a few more tricks of the trade. For example, a fridge with a freezer on top will be much more energy efficient than one that rocks a side-by-side system. As for optimal temperature, 37 to 40 will do just fine.