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4 Types of Home Equipment to Replace for Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient appliances can be an expensive alternative for homeowners. It may have some people wondering if it is worth the hefty cost. The answer is yes. Energy-efficient appliances will help you save on electricity costs and could offer incentive at the end of the year on your taxes. The average home uses washers, dishwashers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers and air purifiers regularly. These appliances can account for as much as 20% of your home’s electric bill.

When an appliance is ENERGY STAR certified, it will use 10 to 50% less energy than the average appliance. When you replace the appliances in your home with energy-efficient ones, you are making investments to avoid high electricity rates that raise every year. Below are a few energy-efficient appliances you can invest in today.

Dryer and Washing Machines

The leading appliance in your home that uses the most energy is a clothes dryer. A typical dryer can use as much energy as a refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine combined. By purchasing an energy-efficient dryer you can use 20 percent less than an average conventional model.

Pairing your energy efficient dryer with a washer, you will save even more money. An energy-efficient washing machine will reduce you washing usage by 40 to 50 percent.


There has been a radical change in refrigerator technology over the past 15 years. Older refrigerators are one of the biggest energy hungry appliances in your home. When you choose an energy efficient refrigerator, you can decrease your energy usage by 40 percent. However, this number may vary depending on the conventional model you have in your home.

Water Heaters

The second highest source of energy usage in the home is a water heater. A water heater that is ENERGY STAR certified can offer a high performance option that can save on your next energy bill. They offer a way for homeowners to protect the climate and eliminate high utility bills. If you would like more information about energy efficient water heaters, then visit a local plumber, like Jim Dhamer Plumbing and Sewer, Inc., to check out all of your options.


Dishwashers do not constantly run like a refrigerator or clothes dryer, but the electricity and water used can add onto your energy bill. An energy efficient dishwasher is 12 percent more proficient than a standard washer.

Energy-efficient appliances can cost a premium price, but they will save you money. In some states, a homeowner can receive an utility rebate to accommodate for out-of-pocket costs and get reimbursed for recycled appliances. The savings will seem small at first, but each appliance can last from 10 to 20 years, offering a great return on your investment.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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