How to choose efficient appliances that save money
When it’s time to replace a large appliance in your home, be sure to take a moment and consider what you will purchase. Dramatic advancements in the efficiency of many electric appliances provide the same level of end-user comfort with substantially less electric input. With a little research and forethought up-front, you can save money over the life of your appliance without sacrificing any benefits.
Average energy use
Appliances account for about 13 percent of the average Nebraska household’s energy use compared to nearly 15 percent nationwide. Those with an ENERGY STAR® label use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard appliances and are generally more expensive than their standard counterparts. However, it is important to compare the lifetime costs of each. Consider the up-front cost plus operating cost for both the standard and energy efficient appliance.
Consider appliance size
In addition to looking at the efficiency of your new appliance, be sure to consider its size. Purchasing an appliance that is too large for your needs will lead to more energy being used. For example, laptops or small desktops use only one-quarter of the energy of typical desktop PCs and have sufficient memory and processing speeds for many common applications. This same principle applies to refrigerators, air conditioners and more.
Pay attention to rebates and incentives
As you begin your search for a new appliance, check DawsonPower.com or call 308-324-2386 to see if they offer incentives for energy efficient appliances, like heat pumps, and remember to use the ENERGY STAR website as an additional resource.