Do you own an older home and wonder why your utility bills are so high? The answer might be simpler than you think. Old appliances have a way of sucking every bit of energy and water that they possibly can, leaving you to pay the price. Of course, it’s not their fault! They were simply built before new energy-efficient technology was created. Today, however, new, eco-friendly models consume significantly less of our planet’s vital yet limited resources. Here are some old appliances that could be costing you money.

Washer and Dryer

Doing laundry comprises approximately10 percent of a household’s entire energy consumption. That is a lot for one chore. Replacing your washer and dryer can go a long way to cutting those bills down. For example, front-loading washers use up to 50% less water than standard top-loading machines. As a side benefit, they are gentler on your clothes, as well. If you want the biggest bang for your buck with your dryer, consider powering it with gas instead of electricity. Gas dryers emit up to 60% less carbon dioxide and are much cheaper to run. It is also helpful to purchase a dryer that has a moisture sensor. Rather than running for the full set time, they shut off when the laundry is dry—saving energy and protecting your clothes.

Kitchen Appliances

Greater efficiency is a huge selling point for today’s consumers, which leads to greater innovation in kitchen appliances. Luckily, finding the most efficient appliances isn’t difficult. Simply look for the EnergyStar label, which is there to indicate the most efficient models available. For stoves, induction stoves are the clear winners over electric and gas varieties. The best refrigerators feature high-efficiency compressors, which use less energy and create less heat. Top dishwashers only cost around $35 per yearto run. If your kitchen appliances are getting a bit dated, it might be time to replace them. There is no question, newer kitchen appliances can be more energy efficient.

Water Heater

The days of the traditional water heater are over! Old, tank style water heaters take up space, fill up with sediment, and cost you money by keeping a constant reserve of heated water. Instead, say hello to tankless water heaters! They heat water as needed, saving both water and money. Tankless water heaters are small, efficient, and durable. They even require less maintenance.

If your appliances are breaking the bank, it might be time to switch them out for new, more energy-efficient ones. The energy savings alone will allow them to pay for themselves within just a few years. Plus, you can feel good that you are doing your part to help our beautiful planet.

Check out this article on what every household can do to contribute to sustainability!

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