What is it Costing? By Joyce Lash, Field Specialist II - Families
Like most consumers, we looked at prices , but functions – including energy use – also came into consideration.
Truthfully, I didn’t expect our new energy-efficient appliances to make a big difference, but I was wrong! In some months my electric usage and KWH charge has been lower than the added fees the utility company places on the bill!
If you are holding on to appliances that are 10 years old, give serious thought to replacement. The added energy savings can help pay the cost associated with the purchase price and you will at a minimum hold the line on ever-increasing utility costs.
If you’re still getting along with a house full of gold (maybe even pink) appliances and need to start with replacing one at a time, there is a way to determine the worst energy user. An energy meteris a small box you put between your appliance or electronic device and the wall outlet to register the amount of energy being consumed. The energy meter, average cost $30, is often available free of charge at your local library and can be checked out for adequate time to do your own energy audit.
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