Hammers, nails, paint, duct tape...Repairs and updates are a constant part of home ownership (and tenantship, too). Thankfully there are organizations that can help!
While the appliances in your kitchen may seem to be working efficiently, and even though you've kept them maintained and serviced over the years, your old (10 years or older) refrigerator can account for 50% of your kitchen appliance energy consumption. It can also make up 10% or more of your total energy bill.
Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County wants to help you replace your energy draining refrigerator. For those who qualify, Habitat for Humanity will remove your old refrigerator, and you'll be able to purchase a new one from Restores for just $50! Save on the appliance AND your energy bill! (You can't beat that with a stick!)
Click here to learn more about the program and to download or request an application by mail.
Replacing old appliances is one way to reduce your energy costs. Here are a few more recommended by Delmarva Power:
During the summer months, adjust the temperature on your air conditioner. Between 68 and 72 degrees should keep everyone in the house comfortable.
Keep your blinds drawn to help control the temperature.
Unplug appliances and electronics that are not in use. (Think: coffee machine, air fryer, toaster.) Even when they are not in use, they can increase your energy bill by remaining plugged in.