Top Tools to Help You Buy Energy Efficient Appliances for Christmas

Top Tools to Help You Buy Energy Efficient Appliances for Christmas

CalculatorChristmas is coming and so are the Christmas sales. For that reason, now is the time when families are most likely to make their big purchases for things long overdue.

Among these big purchases are new major appliances. It’s not surprising since, many people worry that their old appliances’ lack of energy efficiency might be shooting their electric bill through the roof.

But how do you know what you actually need to buy?

Here we’ve provided some simple calculator tools that help you make objective decisions about if you should upgrade your current major appliances to newer Energy Star rated appliances.

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Refrigerators live about 13 years. if yours is getting to that age, it may be time to retire it.

Use this refrigerator retirement savings calculator to help show you the energy savings of upgrading to a new Energy Star refrigerator.


Furnace life varies based on the type you have. Most gas furnaces last about 18 years, if properly maintained by a reputable heating company.

It’s difficult to measure if buying a new furnace is worth it because you have to consider:

  • The cost of the gas
  • The size of your home
  • When your home was built
  • The age of your current furnace

Here is a furnace life cycle cost estimate tool (excel file) that takes all those variables into account and shows you if an upgrade is worth it to you in the long run.

Air conditioner:

Central air conditioners last about 15 years. Similar to furnaces, ACs have a wide variety of factors that determine whether or not you should upgrade, including:

  • Your electric rate
  • Where you live
  • The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of your current AC vs a new AC
  • What the cooling capacity is of your current AC vs the new AC

Here is a central air conditioner calculator (excel file) that helps you see if upgrading now makes sense in the long run.


A dishwasher typically last about 9 years and is an appliance you definitely need to consider upgrading if you have an older one.

According to Energy Star, an older dishwasher built before 1994 “wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle,” and “a new, ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher will save, on average, 1,300 gallons of water over its lifetime.”

Here is a dishwasher energy savings calculator (excel file) to determine if buying an Energy Star Dishwasher is worth the cost.

Remember the 50% rule

As a rule of thumb, if you need to repair any of these machines and it costs 50% of the cost of buying a new one, then it’s almost always worth upgrading to a new machine.

If you’re looking for a new air conditioner or heater, contact us so we can help you pick the energy efficient product that’s best for your home.

Fountain Hills Air is dedicated to providing you quality air conditioning, heating and air quality services and products, and helping you save money via energy efficiency.