Has your landlord recently made the switch from your old rusty toilet, to a water saving model? You love the aspect of helping save the resources, but will the savings reflect in your utility bills as well? Zillow has graciously done a little research on the topic, and put together a cheatsheet for those renters confused with all of the benefits of new energy efficient appliances. First, it depends on the size and model of the appliance you are replacing, and inevitably the terms you agreed to pay for utilities in your lease. The average American spends roughly $2,200 per year on utilities, and nearly half of this amount goes towards heating and cooling, 14% towards heating water, and 13% to appliances including dishwashers, refrigerators, washers and dryers.
If you’re replacing a really ancient model you’ll likely see the upgrade reflected in your bill, but if you’re replacing say a 2 year old dishwasher, you might not see the difference that you’d expect. If the appliance has an energy star label, those are the most energy efficient, and will save more likely than others. It’s also important to be, the cost might not be reflected initially, but the savings that could add up in the long run might be worth the change. For more information on energy saving appliances visit Zillow.