The Energy Issue: This Year's Model

Replacing your old appliances could save you some serious dough
by Samantha Wittchen

When it comes to energy hogs, large appliances are second only to your home’s major mechanical systems. According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers make up 13 percent of your annual energy bill. Upgrading your appliances to more efficient models is one of the easiest ways to shave some bucks off your monthly costs.

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Recycling Challenge: Air Conditioner

by Samantha Wittchen

Philadelphians have been conditioned to prepare for a typical hot and humid summer. Windows are filled with those ubiquitous boxes that crank out cold salvation for us city dwellers. Perhaps this is the year you decided to upgrade your old energy-sucking air conditioner to a newer, Energy Star-rated unit. According to their website (energystar.gov), if everyone switched to a more efficient cooling device, it would prevent 1.3 billion pounds of greenhouse emissions.
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