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AHAM Tells Appliance Shoppers: It Pays To Buy New
Apr 9, 2014
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When a major household appliance needs replacing, consumers might be tempted to save money by purchasing a used or refurbished one—but that may turn out to be the costlier option, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).

AHAM tells consumers that the money saved at the purchase of the used/refurbished appliance could leader to higher utility bills as well as potential repair bills.

Appliance makers are continually engineering new appliance technologies to save energy and reduce water use. Appliances with an Energy Star label are certified to be more energy efficient than other models.

AHAM provides an example of how much more efficient current appliances can be:
• A 20-cubic foot refrigerator manufactured in 1991 consumes, on average, more than 857 kWh a year.
• A 22-cubic foot refrigerator manufactured in 2012 consumes only 452 kWh a year.

Purchasing the 2012 refrigerator saves the average family more than $50/year in energy costs.

Another example:
• An average dishwasher made in 1991 consumes 2.67 kWh per cycle.
• A dishwasher made in 2012 consumes just 1.30 kWh.

The 2012 dishwasher saves the average household $53/year in electricity costs.

AHAM also pointed out that some states and utility companies offer sizable rebates when a consumer buys a new energy efficient appliance, and even when a consumer properly disposes of an old appliance.

The organization said there could also be safety issues that might come from purchasing a used appliance.

A consumer buying a secondhand appliance may not know if the previous owner properly maintained the appliance, which contributes to its life expectancy.

AHAM also pointed out that appliances are recyclable. Steel Recycling Institute data shows that 90% of major home appliances are recycled.

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