Whether you’re investing in new appliances for a home renovation or just trying to squeeze some savings out of the household budget, it helps to understand the relative energy operating costs of your current or new appliances. The smartest money-savvy shoppers check whether their favorite model will cost them a fortune to run year after year, while budget-smart homeowners can use these metrics to make adjustments to put a little more jingle in their pockets.
Check out what these common household appliances cost to run, from least to most expensive.
Though you likely only use the dishwasher once a day, daily use of this device costs the average American homeowner approximately 3% of their total home energy budget. Energy-efficient models are available, but you don’t have to upgrade to save some cash. Smart use of this appliance includes scraping (not rinsing) dishes before loading, sticking to cold-water cycles, and only running when you’ve got a full load.