Some households cling to their old appliances not just because buying new ones can be expensive, but also out of uncertainty on how to dispose of them.
You may think that you are doing a favor for the environment by not discarding old appliances. However, new appliances make more sense as it reduces your electric bill since your home consumes less power.
By reducing your power usage, you indirectly help in curbing carbon emissions. Several manufacturers have recognized that more consumers seek appliances that are both affordable and energy-efficient, including refrigerators and washing machines.
You can save up to 34% from your electric bill if you appliances with the ENERGY STAR rating. The U.S. government’s energy standards in 2014 also helped in higher savings potential. On the other hand, ENERGY STAR-rated washing machines saves up to 45% of water consumption and consumes 25% less energy. If you live in Utah, appliance service providers like All Pro Appliance Service, Inc. in Salt Lake City are familiar with certain repairs for ENERGY STAR units.
This year’s holiday season has marked another strong period for retailers of appliances. Shoppers will likely spend more on Super Saturday, which is the last Saturday before Christmas, than any other day in December. Aside from appliances, other consumer products that are in-demand among Americans include electronics, home furnishings and furniture.
According to First Data Corp., retail spending between Oct. 28 and Dec. 15 rose 5.4% compared to a 2% growth in the same period of 2016. The company based its data from 1.3 million online and offline retailers’ point-of-sale systems.
If you still worry about how dumping old appliances will affect the environment, many recycling centers are willing to take them off your hands. Scrap metal recyclers, for instance, will even pay a certain amount for an old refrigerator or washing machine.Tags: Appliance, Buying, Electric Bill, Purchase