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My Latest Eco-Dilemma: Fix What’s Old or Buy New?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | January 25th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: appliances, dryer, energy efficiency, energy savings, energy-efficient appliances, green, home energy use, planet, refrigerator

DryerApparently I have upset the appliance gods. Right before the holidays, the dryer stopped drying anything. And then right after the holidays, the refrigerator started freezing everything.

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: