An average U.S. family consumes 908 kWh of electricity per month, and the use of major appliances accounts for a significant percentage of the total. It is estimated that a lot of the same families maintain a minimum of one of the 60 million refrigerators in the U.S. that are ten years or more old and rapidly guzzling kilowatt hours. A sensible person should wonder why families do not immediately choose to trade-in big appliances for energy-efficient green models. It is all crystal clear when you consider a toaster oven should cost no more than $90 for a top-of-the-line model whereas a side-by-side refrigerator with a through the door ice/water maker can cost as much as $2,298. It can feel like it is impossible for a young family to acquire an energy-efficient refrigerator and reduce its impact on the local environment. The good news is that there is a way you can save cash by replacing kitchen appliances with energy-efficient models! All you need to do is choose to enter into a reasonable contract with your local Buddy’s Home Furnishings!
I would love to buy now, especially so close to Earth Day!
Well-intentioned friends will be quick to tell you it is in your best interest to wait to make a purchase until your old refrigerator needs replacement. This response can be in-part correct if you have a model that is 2 – 3 years old and you have not taken simple steps to improve the overall energy efficiency of your home. If they decide they need to remain cryptic on the topic of ways to make your home more energy-efficient, try Googling “caulking to eliminate air leaks” and it will all make sense.
However, friends are dead-wrong if you are rocking a refrigerator that is on the wrong side of its lifespan and they direct you away from an energy-efficient refrigerator. It is important to remember they are not offering the advice to be mean, most of them just mistakenly think that the refrigerator will not reduce kilowatt hours and that Energy Star appliances are pricey. While each Energy Star model will provide specific savings information, it is not unheard of for a new refrigerator to offer up to a $192 savings per year. If a tight budget is a major concern, it is important to keep in mind that an energy-efficient model like our 18 CF refrigerator with a top mount freezer is only $23.99 per week!
It looks like going green can save the environment and it is affordable!
It is practical and affordable to celebrate Earth Day 2016 with the purchase of a new Energy Star refrigerator from your local Buddy’s Home Furnishings. If you still are not quite sure about diving into a new contract, we want to throw-in that an Energy Star refrigerator purchased at a reasonable rate can be a plus to potential buyers, if you sell the house in the next 6 – 10 years.
This all sounds fantastic and Earth Day has me motivated, but I really do not want a refrigerator!
If your refrigerator is 2 – 3 years old, and you have already weather-stripped your home, an Energy Star air conditioner is a solid choice with the hot summer months approaching!