Investing in modern energy efficient appliances now can lead to significant monthly savings over the life of the appliance. If you’re looking to upgrade your appliances this year, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 energy efficient appliance upgrades for 2020. We’ll start our list with two of the appliances that use the most energy in a home, the heating and cooling system and the water heater. Together, these appliances account for almost three-quarters of the energy use in single family homes.
Heating and Cooling
Our pick for the best energy efficient air conditioning and heating system is the Trane XV201 Series TAM9, this 34,800 BTU unit will provide ample heating and cooling for single family homes between 1,200 and 2,000 square feet. This unit uses an average of 1,359 kWh of energy over the course of a year, which exceeded the federal minimum standard by a whopping 40%. This translates to an operating cost of about $148 per year, which will be even less in homes using energy efficient natural gas. Combine this with a smart thermostat for even more savings and control.
Upgrading an archaic tank water heater to a new tankless model can have a cascading effect on your energy savings, as other appliances such as the washing machine also require hot water or use energy to heat water. The Rheem Performance Platinum High Efficiency Tankless Water Heater will provide your family with a constant source of hot water for an Energy Star estimated cost of only $198 per year, plus by ditching the tank you’ll free up space in your home and only use water and the energy to heat it when you actually need it. This series by Rheem also integrates with your smart home so you can control and adjust the temperature right from your phone.
Another energy intensive area of the home is the laundry room. Upgrading older models of washers and dryers to the Electrolux EFLS627UTT Washer and EFMG627UTT Dryer can slash your yearly energy costs for washing and drying down to $6 and $8 per year respectively.
These models using the latest sensors and technology can also save tremendous amounts of time as well with an option for a 15-minute quick wash cycle and by not under or over drying clothes in the dryer.
In the kitchen you’ll find another appliance that’s always on and always using energy, your refrigerator. Our pick for an upgrade in 2020 is the Samsung RT21M6215SR. This stylish top-freezer model, which by design can reduce energy use over side-by-side models by 10-30%, uses an estimated 478 kWh of energy and will only cost about $57 per year to operate based on Energy Star’s tests. It also features the ability to adjust the freezer temperature for use as a second refrigerator compartment, handy for the family who may be planning on buying a separate freezer at some point.
With all the recent advancements in television technology and the historically low price per inch of screen size, now is a great time to upgrade an older TV to a new LED model. LED TVs use the least amount of energy compared to plasma or LCD models, and magnitudes less than older CRT designs.
Our pick this year is the TCL 50S425 50 inch 4K Smart LED with Roku. This Energy Star rated model uses approximately 83 kWh of energy per year for an operating cost of about $10. The built in Roku allows you to stream all your favorite TV shows and movies, perfect for those looking to cut the cord from expensive cable services.