If your household is anything close to the average American family, you find yourself running a lot of loads of laundry — most American families actually wash close to 400 loads of laundry a year.
If your household is anything close to the average American family, you find yourself running a lot of loads of laundry — most American families actually wash close to 400 loads of laundry a year. So, if you've been bothered by a poorly-functioning washer or a lint-trapless dryer, this may be the year for you to upgrade to a better model. If in doubt, calculate the age of your appliances: if your washer and dryer are more than 15 years old, make it a priority to replace them this year.
Before you start window shopping, though, take some time to consider these points. They may just save you time and money when it comes to replacing your old appliances.
- Take time and watch the sales. Like John and Sherry at Young House Love, you can save a lot of money (they saved almost 50 percent) by tracking sales at major retailers. If you can afford to wait and bide your time, you'll be able to save — sometimes a lot — of money.
- Buy Energy Star appliances. Over the life of an Energy Star-qualified washer, you'll save enough money by simply doing your laundry in this energy-efficient machine to pay for the cost of the matching dryer. Not only will the machine save you money, it will also lower your water usage (and bill). Energy Star-rated washers also require only a dollop of detergent and will get clothes squeaky clean on a cold water cycle (saving money on your heating bill).
- Look for special rebates. Rebates may be available for your new washer purchase. Look for these through the retailer or on Energy Star's website. Just plug in your zip code to determine whether or not you qualify.
- Consider your home's layout. If you're squeezed for space, look for a smaller size washer (unfortunately, these smaller models are often much more expensive). Stacking models can also work well in homes with a small footprint.
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