Reducing the age of your appliances can help you save

Appliances are not cheap to run, and they are certainly not cheap to buy. Your fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine are all energy-guzzling appliances that you might not even realize are costing you an exponential amount on your energy bills. Have you ever stopped to think that the older the appliance, the more expensive it may be for you to run? In this article, we are going to talk about old appliances and how investing in a newer model can help you save some extra dollars, as well as some other key points to consider before investing in a new appliance.


Old appliances: why do they cost more?

Appliances that are over a decade old (at least) were made differently. Think about how technology has advanced over the last five years alone; this does not just apply to your iPhone or tablet, all aspects of technology have enabled cars, energy, electrics and much more to be efficient. These usually come at a higher price point, but it is the long-term value that they provide that makes them more popular. For example, a 15-year-old washing machine is going to be slower, use more energy and not be as efficient as a washing machine made in the last three years that has more settings, washes quicker and produces better results. The same can be said for air conditioning units and central heating systems.


How can I check if my appliances are efficient?

 When shopping for appliances, you can usually find an efficiency label on them detailing how ‘good’ they are for money saving. You may even be able to source this label on old appliances and compare them to see which would be best. A great example of this is your refrigerator. Even by googling an old refrigerator you will be able to find some sort of information on how energy efficient it is. If you are on the hunt for a new appliance, make sure that you get guidance from someone in-store who will be able to point you to the best appliance for your home.


Make sure that you are not buying the wrong size

You can have the most efficient appliance in the world, but if it is too big for your needs, then you will end up spending a similar amount on the energy costs anyway, meaning that you will not see a return in your investment at all. Make an effort to research into the appliances you need and check whether you are going to see any difference.

Finally, be patient! You are not going to see results overnight, it will take at least 6 months to a year to see a difference in the amount you are spending and how your new appliance is performing. Just know that at least a year after your purchase you will be able to save hundreds of dollars on your bills and also be contributing to having a much greener household.


Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of News and Energy Team.