You may have lived in a home for a long time without thinking about updating old appliances that are not energy efficient. It is easy to become accustomed to ancient kitchen appliances that are still working without considering the safety or efficiency of the items. Many home owners have the philosophy of, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” –meaning that they don’t update the home until appliances and features wear out or break. This can be a good philosophy for saving money, however, when it comes to the appliances in the home, you’ll likely be paying more for outdated items due to their inefficiency. Taking time to inspect old features in your home can lead to having a less toxic home that is also eco-friendly, and a lower utility bill at the end of the month. Here are a few appliances and features that might be keeping your home from being more eco-friendly and energy efficient if they are outdated:
Gas Powered Kitchen Stoves
Kitchen stoves are designed to last for many years to provide a great place to prepare meals. If your home has an older stove model, then it may contain substances such as asbestos as an insulating material inside the oven. Today, manufacturers are not permitted to use asbestos because the material is known to cause lung diseases. An older gas powered stove may leak invisible and odorless carbon monoxide fumes into a home that can lead to breathing difficulties.
Ancient Electric Refrigerators and Freezers
If you are still using an ancient refrigerator and freezer, the appliance is likely using a lot of energy to keep food cold or frozen. Appliance manufacturers are now required to make products more energy efficient to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. Another thing to consider is that an old freezer and refrigerator combination appliance may have hot spots where beverages and food are not kept at proper temperatures, leading to spoilage that causes illness.
Old Clothes Washing Machines
Your old washing machine may require large amounts of water to fill the tub before cleaning clothing. Newer washer designs are meant to work with less water, leading to a reduction in expenses while saving the environment. In addition, ancient electrical wiring on this appliance may not have proper grounding, leading to possible shock injuries. In many cases, an old clothes washer is filled with mold and germs that cause breathing difficulties and skin infections.
Climate Control Devices
Air conditioners and furnaces keep temperatures in a home at a correct level, but many of these devices are inefficient. Old heating and cooling systems use an enormous amount of natural gas or electricity to function, causing pollution. According to the professionals of Comfortable Home Systems who specialize in furnace repair in Edmonton, your home’s heating and cooling costs will continue to increase unless devices are replaced or repaired. Old devices also cause problems such as poor air quality or fires due to a buildup of debris inside the components and filter.
Consider Upgrading to Energy Efficient Appliances and Climate Control Devices
You should inspect the kitchen appliances and other features in a home occasionally for wear and tear to make repairs. You also want to keep an eye out for features that need complete replacement to prevent inefficiency, or remove debris that can cause danger such as fires or electrical shocks. When the features and appliances in a home are in bad condition, you must consider making an upgrade to an eco-friendly device to protect the environment and keep your household safe.
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Dixie Somers, based in Arizona, is the author of this article.
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