Make a Cool Change: Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances

The average American household spent $1,419 on their electricity bills in 2010. That's a lot of energy, and even more money. With household expenses growing each year, you may be wondering how you can reduce your utility bills and save your money for other important expenses. Energy-efficient appliances are a fantastic way to conserve energy, save the environment and reduce your monthly billing statements all at the same time.

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All of Your Appliances Can Be Energy-Efficient

Refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, water heaters, air conditioners and heaters are the top five appliances that use the most kilowatt-hours and suck away your ability to save money. Homes used up 1.1 trillion kilowatt-hours in 2010, according to Max Jaffe, founder and CEO of Spending Solutions, Inc. When many people think of energy-efficient appliances, they often focus only on HVAC systems, refrigerators and water heaters. As noted by BHG Real Estate, there are a variety of appliances that can be improved with the energy-efficient treatment. Stoves, washers, dryers and furnaces all have energy-efficient models. You may even be able to cut down on your electricity use further with energy-efficient coffee makers, toasters, microwaves and more. Everything that uses electricity has an energy-efficient model. Televisions, computers, monitors and other entertainment devices can also use significant amounts of energy and are often available in energy-efficient formats.

Energy-efficiency doesn’t stop at the acquisition of new appliances. If you truly want to save money on your electricity bills, you should consider even more comprehensive solutions. Solar panel systems also offer government credits toward their installation and can drastically reduce a household’s electricity bill. CFL bulbs and energy-efficient power strips are a small, yet effective way to further reduce a household’s overall energy footprint.

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Tyler Golberg

Tyler is the founder of Home Maintenance Tracker and a writer for HomeSpot HQ, an easy to use tool for managing maintence and projects for every house.