Save Money By Properly Disposing Of Old Kitchen Appliances

This post answers the following questions

1) How to get rid of old appliances?
2) Why do kitchen appliances built before 1995 aren’t energy efficient?
3) Where can you sell your old kitchen appliances?
4) What to do with your old kitchen appliances?
5) How to save money by properly disposing of old kitchen appliances

As you take a drink out of the refrigerator, you notice a strange smell coming from inside. It isn’t from the two-week old leftover tuna casserole. This distinct smell causes you to think that something is burning. Also, the refrigerator has been making strange noises when the refrigeration system cycles on and off.

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Is It Time To Nix That Old Appliance?

Sometimes its obvious when you should get rid of your old appliances. Chewed on electrical cords to microwaves, broken seals on chest freezers, and a pilot light that won’t light on a gas stove are pretty easy to sway you into making a decision on getting new kitchen appliances. Another obvious time is when your local handyman suggests a repair that will be too expensive.

But other times, the signs aren’t so obvious. You may have appliances that have outlived their suggested lifespan and could actually be costing you money every day it is plugged into a wall.

Kitchen appliances built before 1995 aren’t energy efficient. Kitchen appliances that are 20 years old or more can use up to 4 times more electricity than newer appliances, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This can put a real dent in your finances when it comes time to pay your electric bill. To know that you are overspending on your bill by as close as $70 a year is something a lot of families can’t afford to waste when they are struggling financially.

Seriously consider replacing old appliances. You will make up the cost of the new appliance with the amount of money you will save on your electric bill.

How To Get Rid Of Old Appliances

Before you junk that old dishwasher at the local dump, you have many other choices. Busted appliances such as microwaves, stoves, dishwashers, coffee makers, and blenders could be used by handymen in the area. Check out your local handyman services shop and see if they would be interested in purchasing your appliances for its parts. You can make a few quick bucks on the side.

Other appliances such as refrigerators and chest freezers must be disposed of carefully. These appliances could contain chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant if manufactured before 1995. If the refrigerator was created before 2005, it can contain ozone-depleting substances in the foam insulation. Both of these substances are harmful to the environment if they become released from the refrigerator or freezer.

Contact your local public electric utility company to see if they have any programs where they will give you a rebate for your old refrigerator and freezer. The appliances must be in good working order for the utility company to take. If not, contact your Department of Public Works division to find out the regulations in disposing of old refrigerators and freezers. You may be charged a fee for disposal.

Get Rid Of Your Appliances Properly

Don’t just dump your refrigerator, freezer, or other old appliances on the side of the street or in a dumpster. Make sure you dispose of them in the proper manner.

Bryan Grayson writes about home improvement, handyman services, and more.

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