How to Trade In Your Old Appliances for Ones That Use Less Energy

How to Trade In Your Old Appliances for Ones That Use Less Energy

How to Trade In Your Old Appliances for Ones That Use Less Energy

Why it’s Important to Upgrade to Energy Efficient Appliances

I want to upgrade my old, inefficient appliances to newer models that use less energy. This is important for several reasons:

  • Saving money on utility bills. Newer appliances can cut my electricity and gas usage significantly, saving me money each month. Over the lifetime of the appliance, an energy efficient model more than pays for itself in energy savings.

  • Reducing my carbon footprint. By using less energy, I also reduce the amount of fossil fuels burned to power my home. This is better for the environment.

  • Accessing rebates and incentives. Many utility companies and government agencies offer rebates, tax credits, and other incentives for purchasing energy efficient appliances. I can offset some of the upfront costs.

  • Enjoying advanced features. Newer appliance models have improved features, modern designs, and just work better overall. I will appreciate the upgrade.

Deciding Which Appliances to Upgrade

When considering which appliances to replace, I focus on ones that are used frequently and consume a lot of energy:

  • The refrigerator is on 24/7, so getting an Energy Star certified model can make a big impact. New refrigerators use about half the power of those made before 2000.

  • The clothes washer uses significant electricity and water. An efficient washer with proper load sizing and cold wash settings can conserve both.

  • The dishwasher is another appliance that gets heavy use in most homes. Choosing one with low water usage and Energy Star ratings is best.

  • The water heater may be a good upgrade candidate if it is over 10 years old and not tankless/on-demand style. The latest models are much more energy efficient.

  • HVAC systems (heating & cooling) can also be upgraded. New air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps use far less energy.

I make upgrades based on age, usage, and energy savings potential. Replacing very outdated appliances yields the biggest savings.

Finding Rebates and Incentives for New Appliances

There are many great rebates and tax credit programs available to help offset the cost of high efficiency appliances:

  • The ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder helps locate rebates and discounts from local utility companies. I enter my zip code to see offers in my area.

  • State/local governments offer additional rebates and tax credits in many locations. My state’s energy office website provides details on programs in my region.

  • Manufacturers sometimes offer special promotions with rebates on specific models. I check appliance company websites for current deals.

  • The federal tax credit for appliances is 10% of the purchase price, up to $500 total per year. Qualifying Energy Star models are eligible.

  • My electric and gas utilities have on-going rebate programs for energy efficient appliances. I call or check their websites for details.

  • For low income households, there are special rebates and assistance funds to replace old, inefficient appliances. I look into programs from LIHEAP and local non-profits.

Using rebates and incentives can cover 25-50% of my upgrade costs on some appliances. I review all available options before purchasing.

Trading in vs. Recycling Old Appliances

Once I purchase new efficient appliances, I have two main options for responsibly getting rid of my old ones:

  • I can trade-in the old appliance. Many retailers offer a trade-in discount of $20-$50 or more when buying a replacement. This is convenient, but I get less value.

  • Alternatively, I can have the appliance recycled for free by my utility company or local government. They collect and dispose of old appliances in an environmentally responsible way. I schedule a pickup.

  • If my old fridge or freezer is still functional, I can alternatively donate it to a charity organization so it can be reused by someone in need. This keeps it out of a landfill.

  • As a last resort, I can pay to have the appliance taken to a recycling center or junk yard. I remove doors for safety. There’s often a small drop-off fee.

I avoid just placing old large appliances on the curb for garbage collection. Instead I choose an eco-friendly option to trade, donate, recycle, or dispose of them responsibly. This helps the environment.

Safely Preparing Appliances for Removal

When readying old appliances for trade-in, donation, or haul-away, I take a few steps to prepare them:

  • Clean surfaces and remove any food, grease, or dirt from the appliance. This keeps the removal process safer and more sanitary.

  • Unplug the appliance and shut off gas/water connections when applicable. This makes appliances safe to handle.

  • For refrigerators and freezers, I allow several days to defrost them with doors open before the removal date. This prevents mold.

  • If using a hauling service, I measure doorways and paths to ensure they can fit the appliance through. This avoids issues on removal day.

  • Remove and retain racks, baskets, accessories that I want to keep from the old appliance for use in the new one.

  • I empty ice makers and wipe down all surfaces to limit mess during appliance handling.

Taking time to properly clean and prepare old appliances makes the removal process smooth. I schedule pickups as soon as possible once new energy efficient models are delivered and running.

Selecting Energy Efficient Replacements

When shopping for new appliances, I look for models with the highest energy efficiency ratings:

  • I check appliance tags for the ENERGY STAR logo and yellow EnergyGuide labels with usage details. This helps me compare options.

  • I look up specific models on the EnergyGuide website to confirm efficiency ratings from the manufacturer.

  • For the maximum savings, I look for appliances that are 25-50% more efficient than minimum government standards.

  • The most efficient appliance models carry Energy Star Most Efficient certifications. These represent the top tier products.

  • I check the CFR report online to see real-world usage data by make/model. This helps validate efficiency claims.

  • For refrigerators, I choose units with top ratings from Energy Star. Auto-defrost and bottom-mount freezer configurations are most efficient.

Prioritizing energy efficiency ensures I maximize long-term savings. I don’t sacrifice performance – today’s models combine efficiency with advanced features and capabilities.