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Spare Refrigerator Despair?

Apr 30

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4/30/2012 11:01 AM  RssIcon

A lot of people get to the point where they want a nicer, more efficient refrigerator. What do you do with the old one? It’s still working and you could have to pay to get rid of it. It would be nice to have the extra refrigerating space. Keeping the old one around may be more expensive of an idea than you think. Newer refrigerators are far more efficient than older models. You would probably use far less energy if you got a larger refrigerator instead of holding on to two. Even if you did have a second refrigerator, depending on how much energy your old one uses, a smaller new second refrigerator may pay for itself in a year or two just in energy savings. You’d be surprised!   Here’s a helpful little chart to illustrate this point.

Year Manufactured Estimated Annual Energy Cost*
1972 $302.01
1990 $135.45
2003 (Energy Star) $65.62
* Based on 2010 average Kilowatt cost

Hint: Ask before you purchase an appliance if they offer free removal of your old appliance in case you do want to get rid of it. Also, check with your local energy company as some offer a buy back on old appliances to remove them from the power grid – as well as a rebate for buying a new energy efficient one.


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