The Importance of Energy Saving Appliances
Posted on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at 4:12 pm
My husband and I have been going over our budget, and talking about ways that would help us to save money. We are hoping to be able to purchase a brand new washer and dryer sometime soon. Instead of trying to figure out what to cut out of our budget, we are thinking of getting energy saving appliances and light-bulbs. This might lower our energy bill enough to make a difference in our budget!
I found some really interesting information about energy saving light-bulbs on the GE website. You can use energy saving light-bulbs in the same places that you are currently using regular light-bulbs so there is no reason not to start saving on your energy bill today!
The initial purchase of a 13-Watt Spiral GE Energy Smart CFL bulb costs $3.77 per bulb. A purchase of a 60-Watt incandescent bulb only costs about $0.27. At first, it sounded to me like the energy saving bulbs were a lot more expensive. But, when I looked closer, it turns out that the savings are in the replacement costs. The 13-Watt Spiral bulbs last much longer than the standard bulbs do. It is going to cost around $1.89 to replace seven regular bulbs when they burn out. The energy saving bulbs last about ten times longer, though, so in that same span of time, I wouldn’t be spending anything at all to replace them. They won’t need replacing!
The energy saving bulbs can save me money on my energy bill, too. The GE website says that, in the same span of time, the amount of energy that the energy saver bulbs burn will cost around $15.77. At the same time, the regular bulbs will cost around $50.16. That’s a big difference!
I also learned that there is a brand of washing machines called EnergyStar. These washing machines can save money on my energy bill and water bill, at the same time. Regular washing machines use 27 gallons of water per load, while the EnergyStar ones only use 14 gallons per load. That’s about half the amount of water! They also use less energy to run than a typical washing machine would require.
According to the Consumer Energy Center gas dryers will cost less money to run over their lifetime than electric dryers will. To dry one load of clothing in an electric powered dryer, it will cost somewhere between $0.30 and $0.40. For a gas powered dryer, it is closer to $0.15 to $0.20 per load. Energy saving appliances, and lightbulbs, really can help people to save money!