1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

January 26, 2008

:026 Replacement Payback

Suggested Review – :022, :023 :025

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

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1:5:10:026 Tip: When you decide to replace your refrigerator – the energy guide will help you determine the amount of money you are likely to save.

You’ve already determined your annual cost to operate your current refrigerator in :022, and :023. Simply compare that to the annual estimated energy use guide (the yellow sticker) posted on the appliance.

Now the bonus: Many public utilities are offering rebates, credits or discount coupons as a bounty to get rid of old energy wasting refrigerators and freezers. Make sure you check with your utility to see if they have one of these programs. They may have limits on what you must buy. 

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Additional Information

EPA has a refrigerator replacement cost calculator at: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=refrig.calculator

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January 25, 2008

:025 EnergyStar Appliances

Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

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1:5:10:025 Tip: Today’s action is to check your energy use meter to see how much energy you saved by cleaning the refrigerator coils. Record this in your journal.

The tip is about the Environmental Protection Agencies EnergyStar Program.

According to EPA “ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.” Whenever you purchase a new major appliance – this program can help you choose one that will use less energy.

When you make a new appliance purchase, there are two costs:

1.) the initial purchase price

2.) the ongoing electricity use

Both should be considered – and the EnergyStar Program can help. One important savings that is provided by EnergyStar approved products is a very low trickle current use when in standby mode.

Tomorrow I will talk about calculating the payback period for replacing your refrigerator. This same calculation can be used for any appliance.

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Additional Information

The EnergyStar website http://www.energystar.gov/ is the starting place for researching which appliance models are the most efficient. It also serves as a good reference for tax credit information and other energy saving programs.

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