It is no secret that the appliances in your home are important. They offer essential comforts such as warmth and the ability to feed our families. They also offer convenience and ways to save money such as washing clothing at home rather than going to the laundry mat. Because of the impact our appliances have in our daily lives, it is important to maintain them for as long as possible.
When it comes to appliance maintenance, the cost to replace them is not the only financial aspect to consider. Appliances use electricity or other fuels to run, and that translates into energy costs. When purchasing new appliances, there are ways to keep the daily energy costs down and save you money over the long term. For the keen appliance shopper, looking for specific details can mean the difference between financial strain and financial freedom.
The first thing to look for when it comes to appliance energy costs is the energy star rating. This has been implemented in recent years to show consumers what the costs of running the appliances are on average for a year of service. With the U.S. looking toward the future of energy conservation, more and more appliances, such as air conditioning units, are coming out with low energy star ratings. Paying a little more for an appliance that has a low annual energy impact can actually save you money on your monthly bills.
Technology has allowed for use of other aspects of our daily lives to be connected via the internet and our home appliances are no exception. More appliances are coming with internet connectivity. Internet ready appliances use the internet to create a hub that allows for usage, only when necessary. This cuts back on an appliances phantom load, which is the power that the appliance uses just by being plugged in. While these appliances are still fairly new, each season manufactures roll out their newest products, becoming available. Replacing an existing appliance with a new internet ready device can also save you money.
Speaking of phantom load, unplugging appliances when they are not in use can also lower your monthly bills. Power strips are an excellent way to make cutting power to your units simple and easy. Not all appliances can be turned off; refrigerators, for instance, need to run full time. However, others, like washers and dryers, can be shut down in between use to save energy and money.
Pacific Appliance Repairs Service understands how important it is to save money. By offering these tips to our valued customers, we hope to keep your home happy and running smoothly.