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Written by John Mullen

Upgrade Your Appliances for Lower Utility Bills

Older appliances can last for many years, sometimes even decades, if they are well-maintained along the way. In the long run, however, hanging on to those outdated appliances may not be the most cost-effective strategy.

Today’s refrigerators, dishwashers, and washer/dryers are not only attractive to consumers because of their gleaming stainless-steel finishes, they’re also much more energy efficient. Trading in old appliances for new ones is an easy way to lower your monthly bill.

Although it can be tough to stomach the upfront cost of new appliances, today’s energy-saving models can save homeowners hundreds of dollars per year. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star Program helps consumers identify those appliances that are likely to result in significant long-term savings.

Since the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act went into effect in 1987, American households have saved an average of $500 per year on utility bills due to improved energy efficiency standards. According to Energy Star, new certified washing machines use about 25 percent less energy and 75 percent less water than machines produced 20 years ago.

In a typical U.S. household, heating and cooling systems account for approximately 43 percent of the energy bill, with up to 20 percent of the energy used to heat water for laundry and showers. Appliance usage represents about 9 percent of the energy bill, with refrigerators and clothes dryers accounting for the majority of the energy usage.

Swapping out your old appliances for new ones is the simplest way to make a positive impact on your energy bill. If you’re not quite ready to take that plunge, you can still reduce your energy costs by making simple changes to your laundry habits. Avoiding running a load of laundry until it’s full, increasing the spin speed, and cleaning the dryer’s lint filter will all help you save energy.

Talk to the experts at JM Electrical for more ideas on how to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Visit their website at