When it comes to your home’s whitegoods, is it truly worth upgrading to something like a modern energy efficient fridge?
Just think back to the last time you had to buy a new appliance. Was it because you chose to, or because it died and left you with a last minute choice for a new fridge?
Don’t be left scrambling again. You want to put as much thought into an appliance upgrade as possible. Over the course of a lifetime, energy efficient dishwashers, washing machines or refrigerators will definitely impact your hip pocket.
If you’re worried about being caught out by tough choices while under the pump, Jim’s Plumbing is ready to help you understand if energy efficient appliances are worth the upgrade.
Are New Appliances More Efficient?
Let’s start right at the beginning with the simplest question, are new appliances actually more efficient?
The short answer is yes.
For example, modern dishwashers use 25 per cent less water than models did from 10 years ago. In such a short amount of time, that is considerable water efficiency improvement.
When looking at efficiency you’ll come across two important labels. Water efficiency and energy efficiency. Sticking with dishwashers, top range models use as little as 6.5 litres per cycle, while on average most use around 12-13 litres.
However, their energy rating could be the same at 4.5. So while they match up on energy, always take a look at the water rating for appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. You want to maximise the savings all round!
Before moving on, there’s another easy thing you can look out for on your own. That’s how much you pay to use an appliance.
Take a standard 335 kWh fridge and your current energy price, which could be 45 cents per kWh. Just multiply that number by the energy usage displayed on your fridge, or potential fridge’s, energy rating. That could be:
0.45 x 335 = 150.75.
That’s $150.75 per year. How does that stack up compared to your refrigerator?
How Much Power Does a Fridge Use?
It’s one thing to talk about price, but what percentage of your energy bills can be linked to your fridge freezer combo? Roughly 8-13 per cent.
Other appliances such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers are often lumped in with TVs on popular charts, making up a combined 16 per cent of energy usage.
If you think about the fact whitegoods are to blame for almost a third of yearly running costs, any savings will really make a positive impact.
When Should you Replace an Appliance?
On average your major whitegood appliances have a lifespan of 10-15 years. Washing machines and dishwashers are sometimes at the lower end of that scale, while fridges are at the higher. But now that star ratings have improved so consistently, with 4 stars the average, you’ll spend almost twice as much to run an old 1 star model!
When it comes to actual replacement you certainly don’t need to worry on a daily basis about buying an energy efficient fridge. But it’s certainly good to be prepared.
So, once your appliance has hit the decade mark, do the maths and compare yearly costs. Look at the pros and cons so you can develop a clear picture of what’s out there and see if you should upgrade, sooner or later.
What to Consider When Upgrading to an Energy Efficient Fridge?
Another consideration is whether your use of the fridge has changed. Say you’ve had the refrigerator for about 12 years. Have you added a few kids to the home during that time, or maybe they’ve grown up and moved out?
Is there still maximum benefit coming from the appliances you use?
With advanced technology, an energy efficient fridge or washing machine would allow you to save money – all while enjoying more output. As an example, a large 5.5 star energy rated fridge would actually cost less per year than an older and smaller 3.5 star fridge.
The same principle can also be applied to other whitegoods. Do you need a larger washing machine to cope with a large family? If so, research is critical so you can maximise efficiency – and savings – while giving everyone at home what they need.
If you’re thinking of chucking your old fridge into the shed as a backup, or second fridge for the beers, think again. You’re still spending excess money! Instead, look at purchasing a bar fridge or mini fridge if you are truly keen for both.
Should You Repair or Replace a Broken Washing Machine?
Arguably the biggest question of all is whether you should repair or replace. And that truly depends.
For a new appliance check to see if the warranty still provides cover. If a few years have passed and there is no warranty, you might still get away with a cheaper repair.
However, once you reach an extended amount of use, say after 10 years, it’s weighing up the pros and cons of price. Is a costly repair worth it, or is it better to put a few hundred dollars towards a newer, more efficient unit?
If you do choose the latter and are ready for dishwasher installation or energy efficient fridge installation just contact Jim’s Plumbing today! Our team of local plumbers is able to install any new appliance which requires plumbing.
It could be your new energy efficiency fridge needs access to an extended water pipe, or your washing machine could benefit from new laundry taps.
No matter the job, contact Jim’s Plumbing!