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Published November 30, 2009, 08:19 AM

Cold Season Savings Tip: Appliances

(WDAY TV) - There are money savers and money wasters in your house. Here are some changes you can make, to make sure you're getting the most for your energy dollars. Each appliance you purchase has two price tags, the first one is the initial cost, and the second is the cost to operate.

By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - There are money savers and money wasters in your house. Here are some changes you can make, to make sure you're getting the most for your energy dollars. Each appliance you purchase has two price tags, the first one is the initial cost, and the second is the cost to operate.

When looking at new appliances, Energy Expert Carl Pedersen says, make sure they are Energy Star rated.

“Energy Star means uses less than even government requires.”

It also means it costs less to operate. He says it's worth spending the extra money to get Energy Star rated major appliances like washers and dryers and refrigerators.

“Something like a television, those savings will pay for itself over life of TV.”

If you're not in the market for new appliances, here are some ideas for cutting costs on what you've got. Pull the plug! Even when those appliances aren't being used, they're still drawing power. The Department of Energy reports 4 billion dollars in standby power loss in one year.

“It's individual things that add up.”

TV's and computers are known culprits of energy waste, even when they're in screen saver or idle mode.

“Especially plasma TVs, bigger TV sets, they draw a lot of power. Upwards of 75 watts of power plugged in.”

Is your coffee done? Then turn off the coffee maker. It's using energy to keep that pot hot. This one was using bursts of 880 watts, every few minutes just sitting there. Also, as an energy saving rule of thumb, Pedersen says use smaller appliances when you can.

When you’re heating up lunch, instead of using the stove, throw it in the microwave, it actually uses less than half the energy of the stove or oven to heat something. So think Energy Star, pull the plug, and smaller when it comes to your appliances because just a few small changes could change your energy bill for the better.

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