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Put a Chill on Your High Electric Bill

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Simple.  Replace that old refrigerator with a modern energy-saving unit.  I am saving $263 per year with my new refrigerator.

Back in February, 2010, in a post titled I am Saving 21% on my Electric Bill – So Can You!, I showed how easy it was for me to reduce home energy consumption by initiating a few simple “green” actions in the previous two years:

  1. Changed all of my light bulbs to CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp)
  2. Turned down the oil burner thermostat
  3. Changed the line-powered sidewalk lights to solar
  4. Insulated all my copper piping

Since then, I had replaced every major appliance in the house from oil burner to microwave oven.  However, the refrigerator was the one exception.  The model I had was a 1986 GE 22 cubic foot energy hog that I just knew was sucking up the juice.  I decided to find out how much that old model was costing me.

I visited the Energy Star Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator, entered my utility rate and old model, and the site calculated a savings for me of $263 per year.

My electric savings

My calculated electric savings with the new fridge

The new refrigerator’s up-front cost will be recovered in fewer than five years and after that it is money in the bank.  Go to the calculator linked above, enter your electric rate (view your bill or use the state average) and your old model, and see how much you can save.

Just another example of how we can help save the planet AND make money doing so.

Written by Scott Mandia

July 18, 2011 at 6:00 am

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  1. I was rather startled to read that in my latest power bill that my household’s electricity use was 95% less than the average for the region. Now, granted, I live alone, so that explains a big part of it, but even so I’d have to be using something like 20% of the per-capita average.

    And that’s in a rental place that came with rather energy-inefficient appliances (my main thing is that everything is turned off at the wall except when in use, and there’s not much plugged in even at peak times). It obviously is quite possible to cut down on your bill.


    July 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

  2. In some countries, it is quite simple to switch to 100% renewable energy supply. Look into it with your electricity supplier (or check out the national market). In the UK for instance, there are two companies who will provide 100% renewable power. In Australia, a number of companies offer a 100% renewable option. I haven’t checked out the US.

    Byron Smith

    July 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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