Upgrade the fridge
Refrigerators are the biggest energy users in your kitchen. Vintage is cool, but if your refrigerator is pre-1993, it’s very inefficient. A newer model could result in significant savings.
Buy an ENERGY STAR rated washing machine
If you wash with hot water, you’ll save by upgrading. Might as well replace the dryer while you're at it. ENERGY STAR products use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models.
Replace your dishwasher
If your dishwasher is 10 years old or older, it might be time to replace it with an energy-efficient model.
Wait to replace other appliances
Fridges, washers and dishwashers are the big energy users. Other appliances that are still running well won't make that much of a difference in savings.
Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash-back incentives on select front-load clothes washers. Those that qualify are usually the most efficient, but not all ENERGY STAR models qualify.