AP­PLI­ANCES

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WHY IT MAT­TERS

Home ap­pli­ances, es­pe­cially re­frig­er­a­tors, dish­wash­ers and wash­ing ma­chines, ac­count for 13 per­cent of en­ergy costs, while stan­dard water heaters alone can ac­count for up to 18 per­cent.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Again, ditch out­dated ap­pli­ances for high­ef­fi­ciency EN­ERGY STAR mod­els. New ma­jor ap­pli­ances typ­i­cally use less than half of the en­ergy of a decade-old model. Also, choose ap­pli­ances that fit your needs. Over­sized ap­pli­ances are not only a waste of money upfront, they are more ex­pen­sive to run. Whether new or old, make an ef­fort to use ap­pli­ances more ef­fi­ciently. For ex­am­ple, turn down your water heater’s ther­mo­stat to 120 de­grees and in­su­late your tank and pipes. Wash clothes in cold water and run your dish­washer only when full. Lastly, be pa­tient. Th­ese mea­sures may not make your costs plum­met overnight but will put ex­tra cash in your pocket over­time.

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