Recycle and Replace Energy-Guzzling Appliances

 

When your appliances have reached the end of their useful lives, be sure to replace them with efficient new models. The Energy Star labeling program helps you choose them, and rebates are often available when you choose an Energy Star refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, or other appliance:

Water heating can represent up to 25% of the energy use in a home. More efficient water heaters can cut down on these costs.

That second freezer stashed in the basement or garage is a huge drain on your electricity bills, accounting for up to 30 percent of the electricity used in a home. Many utilities, states, and municipalities will pick up and recycle your second refrigerator or freezer, and they might have rebate offers as well:

And, if you want to invest in the most energy-efficient products available, Top Ten USA is a non-profit organization that lists the ten most efficient appliances in several categories, from televisions to refrigerators, and even including the most fuel-efficient cars: www.toptenusa.org/environmentnewyork