How much does it cost to run household appliances?

Ever wonder how much it costs to run your household appliances? Here’s a great article from WalletPop.com, “Top 5 Costly Appliances,” that will give you an average idea based off of estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy. It also gives tips on how to make sure your appliances are being as energy efficient as they can be. A little bit of cleaning and some basic maintenance can save you hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs.

According to the article and the U.S. Department of Energy, “The fridge accounts for 5% of your annual energy bill, or $117.50 for the average household.”

The article quotes Ronnie Kweller, a spokeswoman for the Alliance to Save Energy, as saying that in order to save money, keep the coils beneath and behind your refrigerator unit clean so the fridge does not have to go into cooling cycles as much.

“Keeping the fridge at a moderate temperature (36 to 38 degrees, not lower) helps, as does regularly defrosting the freezer to eliminate ice buildup on the interior coils,” says Kweller.

Your washer and dryer are the energy hogs of your household, according to the US Department of Energy.

“Clothes washers and dryers collectively account for 6% of your annual energy bill, with the bulk of that amount coming from the dryer,” says the U.S. Department of Energy. That costs the average U.S. Household $141 per year.

To cut your expenses, the article advises you to use the clothes dryer’s moisture sensor which will turn the appliance off once the clothes are dry.

“Dishwasher use represents 2% of your annual energy bill, or roughly $47, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. By letting your dishes air dry instead of using the appliance’s drying feature, you’ll save $20 a year says Kweller.

The article also gives tips on how to cut costs for your HVAC System and your water heater. Read the entire article for more tips.

If you are looking for more ways to cut costs and save money on running your refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes dryer or other household appliance, visit The Repair Center at APWagner.com. The Repair Center offers appliance maintenance tips that will help you extend the life of your appliance by years. It also offers a trouble-shooting guide to appliance repair written in an easy to understand question and answer style.

APWagner.com also sells new, appliance parts with fast, next-day shipping on millions of in-stock appliance parts. Make sure you are ordering the correct part with their easy to use PartFinder appliance part search. Finding the right part for your appliance is easy, simply locate the model number off of your appliance and enter it into the PartFinder. If you do not know where to look for the model number on your appliance, we can help. Visit this page to see where to locate the model number on your appliance.

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