- Gaiam Blog - http://blog.gaiam.com -
My Latest Eco-Dilemma: Fix What’s Old or Buy New?
Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On January 25, 2012 @ 10:12 am In Green Living | 5 Comments
December turned into one costly month budget-wise. And what about Earth-wise? You’d think that fixing something old would be automatically better than buying something new. But, actually, when it comes to the life cycle analysis of most appliances — or their cradle-to-grave environmental impact — it turns out it’s the use of an appliance that has the biggest impact. Which means if your refrigerator is a shade of ‘70s avocado, you’ll step lighter on the planet if you embrace the energy efficiency  of the 21st Century.
While there are a lot of variables to consider, here are some tips to help you decide whether to repair a broken appliance or replace it:
For us, the course of action was clear. The dryer had been damaging our clothes since we inherited it with the house, and it was at least 15 years old. This latest problem was just the writing on the wall that we needed to convince us to finally get a new one. We got the highest energy rating we could find on appliances  within our price range. But, with the 5-year-old fridge, a $125 repair did the trick.
Hopefully our choices made the Earth — and the appliance gods — happy.
Learn more ways to green your home with Danny Seo’s Simple Steps to a Greener Home video on GaiamTV.com .
Article printed from Gaiam Blog: http://blog.gaiam.com
URL to article: http://blog.gaiam.com/my-latest-eco-dilemma-fix-what%e2%80%99s-old-or-buy-new/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/Dryer.jpg
 embrace the energy efficiency: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/The-Green-Appliance-Guide-How-to-Create-a-More-EnergyEfficient-Kitchen.html
 Consumer Reports Greener Choices: http://www.greenerchoices.org/calculators.cfm
 be sure to recycle the old one: http://www.aceee.org/consumerguide/disposal.htm
 highest energy rating we could find on appliances: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Energy-Saving-Appliances.html
 GaiamTV.com: http://www.gaiamtv.com/video/simple-steps-greener-home?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
Copyright © 2007 Gaiam Community Blog. All rights reserved.