Are you interested in making your home more energy-efficient? How about saving some money in the long run? Well, here are a few items that you should consider replacing in your home, especially if you’ve had them in place over 10 years.
- Bathroom Sink Faucet – Did you know that a dripping bathroom sink faucet can waste as much as 3,000 gallons per year? If the faucet was purchased and installed before 1994, it can flow at a rate of 3 to 7 gallons per minute. Current federal law requires that all new faucets have a flow rate no more than 2.2 gallons per minute.
- Toilet – Older toilets can use as much as 7 gallons per flush. Redesigned toilets can use 1.6 gallons or less per flush.
- Showerhead – Newer showerheads are designed to produce large water droplets at a high velocity providing the sensation of high water flow. Some of the newer showerheads also allow you to adjust the flow from the current 2.5 gallons per minute to less than 2 gallons per minute.
- Refrigerator – Newer refrigerators have high-efficiency compressors, thicker insulation and more precise temperature controls. When replacing a refrigerator, be sure and look for an Energy Star label which means it meets strict energy-efficient standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Cooktop – Cooktops are one of the least energy-efficient appliances in the home. Gas burners with standing pilots can use more than double the energy in one year than gas burners with electric ignition.
- Dishwasher – Today’s dishwashers are much more energy efficient than older models as they usually conserve time, water as well as energy.
- Washer and Dryer – There are dramatic savings to be realized with new washers and dryers with the Energy Star rating. You can expect to save up to $550 over the appliance’s lifetime. Front loading washers use the least water and electricity. New dryers have moisture senors in them which shut off the machine when the clothes are dry.
- Windows – Newer, more efficiently sealed windows can help you cut your energy bill by as much as 15 percent. You have the choice of double or triple pane windows which reduce heat flow and prevent condensation.
- Water Heater – New tankless water heaters can save you up to $500 in operating costs. Or, you can opt for a solar heating system will save you anywhere from 50 to 80 percent in energy costs.
- Heating and Air Conditioning – If you’ve had your heating and air conditioning system more than 12 to 15 years, then it’s probably time to start thinking about a replacement system. Energy Star certified systems can probably save you anywhere from 20 to 30 percent on heating and cooling costs.
Replacing all of these items at one time is cost prohibitive, but you should start reviewing the list and gradually replace the oldest appliances as soon as you can afford it. It will ultimately bring you long term savings and make you a much happier consumer.
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