If you’re like most British Columbians, you’re probably conscious of your household energy consumption. As electricity rates continue to rise, homeowners are looking at their existing Kelowna appliances and wondering which ones would be worth replacing with more efficient models.
While certain appliances have made leaps and bounds in terms of energy efficiency over the last decade, others have remained relatively static. If you’re looking for bang for your buck when upgrading older models, here are three appliances you might want to look at the next time you visit your local Kelowna appliance stores.
If you’re still operating a dishwasher that dates back to the 1990s, you might be in for a bit of a shock. Newer models are typically 70 per cent more energy efficient than their predecessors. They also use a fraction of the water, which will save on your utility bill. If your family runs the dishwasher on a daily basis, the potential savings is substantial compared to other Kelowna appliances.
As an added bonus, models like the Whirlpool Gold clean quietly at just 46 dBA, so you can actually have a conversation in your kitchen while it’s running.
Refrigeration has also come a long way in recent years. Like dishwashers, they’re about 70 per cent more efficient than previous models. This can be attributed to design improvements in a number of areas:
As an appliance that runs frequently throughout the day, a fridge is a workhorse that requires a lot of electricity compared to the other appliances Kelowna residents rely on. For a busy family with kids who open and close the door frequently, a fridge is a worthy consideration for upgrading.
Not only do newer high-efficiency front-load washers consume less power than traditional top-loaders, they’re better at cleaning. There are also newer top-loaders like this Maytag on the market that offer similar efficiencies as the front-load models. Other advancements in washer technology allow them to:
To learn more about washer technology, read our post: Kelowna Appliances: Which Washing Machine Configuration Is Best?
There are a number of appliances that haven’t achieved the same increases in energy efficiency, but they have improved in different ways.
Ranges: In terms of energy efficiency, ranges have remained much the same over the years. However, newer technology allows them to cook food faster and with more consistent results than ever before.
Dryers: Today’s dryers are only marginally more efficient that their predecessors. This is due to built-in moisture sensors that automatically detect when a load is ready. This holds the added benefit of preventing clothes from over-drying.
Are you interested in upgrading to the top kitchen appliances Kelowna home cooking enthusiasts recommend? Come and talk to the experts at Genier’s in Vernon. We have the top makes and models available on the market.