07/06/17 : Luisa Zottis

Saving Money in the Summer: Appliances

Note: To help you save money (and energy!) during the hottest months of the year, the Alliance to Save Energy is publishing a mini blog-series, “Saving Money in the Summer.” We’ll focus on key tips to improve energy efficiency at home and on-the-go. The third and final blog post will focus on how to save money on electricity and appliances. See the first and second blog posts.

Appliances are a key part of our lives. Cooking, lighting, refrigerating, cleaning and other activities are made easier thanks to them. But these products can quickly became a burden on your energy bills when not used properly – especially in the summer. Thankfully, with a few simple steps, you can make a more efficient use of them.

Here are five ways you can save money in the summer on appliances:

1. Smarten your home

Imagine the possibility of controlling your devices directly from your phone. That is easier than your think. The best part: it doesn’t require pricy purchases. Smart plugs can transform any gadget or appliance in your home into a smart device, allowing for wireless control. Take a look at these from Samsung.

2. Use cold water

Heating water corresponds to about 90 percent of the total energy used by your washing machine. Thankfully, washing your clothes in cold water is an effective and energy-efficient idea. And guess what: it helps to preserve your outfit’s color.

3. Go automatic

Now that you’ve washed your clothes in cold water, choose the “automatic” setting to dry them.  Because your dryer shuts off once it senses the load is done, it will likely save electricity.

4. Make the switch to LED

Light-emitting diodes (LED) bulbs are the new “must-have” when it comes to lighting your home: A single ENERGY STAR-qualified LED light bulb can last up to 25,000 hours and use 75% less energy than an incandescent light bulb. Did you know there are even connected LED bulbs in the market? By installing them, you can control lighting from your mobile device. See how Cree, Inc.’s connected bulbs work.

5. Choose ENERGY STAR products

Don’t let old appliances be your home’s energy hogs. Using ENERGY STAR appliances can save up to 30% on energy bills. For instance, a new ENERGY STAR-rated refrigerator saves $165 compared to a regular model in its lifetime. Since the program was put in place, it has saved Americans roughly $430 billion on utility bills.