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August 10,2018

The Top 5 Appliance Upgrades That Can Help Conserve Energy 

With utility fees skyrocketing across America, many homeowners are turning to energy saving appliances that can slash their bills in half. However, many people discover that the high price tag of their newly purchased clothes dryer or dishwasher doesn’t provide enough savings short term to make the investment feel worth the cost. At Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, we provide professional commercial and residential electrical services in Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Burleson, Lake Worth, Saginaw, White Settlement, Benbrook, Weatherford and other DFW area communities. Our team of certified electricians take pride in helping our local home and business owners find new ways to save energy and money with electrical upgrades, and we want to help you do the same. Here is a list of the top 5 appliance upgrades that can help your family save big. 

HVAC System

Central air and heat systems are generally the largest energy draining appliance in a residential setting. Modern models are much more efficient than they used to be. While it may be more of an initial investment than other appliances, the annual savings should be relatively significant depending on how old your current unit is. If your HVAC system hasn’t been upgraded since the 90’s, there’s a good chance that you’ll reap the rewards for years to come. If you’re not ready to take the plunge and replace your entire system, there are other options. A quality energy star rated space heater or window unit can regulate temperatures in rooms that are used more frequently. 

Washing Machine

Energy Star front loading washing machines can use up to 50% less water and 37% less energy than older top loading varieties. Homeowners can see savings of up to $130 or more per year by making the switch, making it a worthwhile investment that can pay for itself in just a few years. Coupled with the convenience and quality of the washing machines on the market today, many families who choose to upgrade this appliance are satisfied with their decision. 

Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is another appliance upgrade that should provide extra savings. Annual energy costs of high quality energy efficient models fall in the $60 to $80 range, a significant reduction from outdated styles. Today’s refrigerators are also more efficient at keeping food fresh for longer, avoiding wasted money at the grocery store.  As an extra bonus, getting a new refrigerator can give your entire kitchen a face lift, providing an instant increase in property value without the need for a major renovation project. 

Water Heater

Swapping out your old water heater tank for a new energy efficient model is an excellent investment. Unless you’re switching from gas to electric or vice versa, the costs for a water heater replacement are relatively low. Modern varieties save homeowners around 30% more energy than conventional ones, and they require less repairs and maintenance. Tankless options can save some families even more on their monthly bills. 

Small Appliances 

While simply switching to small appliances may not seem like an upgrade, you’d be surprised how much today’s high tech cooking gadgets can reduce your monthly utility bill. Ovens and cooktops can require a lot of power. Instead of using these items for every meal, you may want to find ways to incorporate crock pots, instant pots and pressure cookers into your routine. 

Need an Electrical Upgrade or Energy Audit in North Texas? Call Mr. Electric of Fort Worth

Want more customized information about how your household wastes energy? The experts at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth is ready to help. Our certified electricians provide a variety of services including energy audits, electrical inspections, dedicated circuit installation and more. Call our office to discuss your needs one on one or to schedule an appointment.