The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world, generating more than 1,609 pounds per person per year. Congress alone can generate up to 11 million pounds of trash a year!
To put it another way, 5 percent of the world’s people generate 40 percent of the world’s waste.
Appliances are a huge contributing factor to this excess waste. In 2009, there were 3.8 million tons of major appliances and 1.6 million tons of small appliances contributing to municipal solid waste, according to the EPA.
Since appliance waste is detrimental to the environment, it’s in everyone’s best interest to minimize the amount of appliances we throw away.
When an appliance breaks, there might be an easy way to fix it. However, even if your appliance has reached the end of its life, there are a number of ways you could refurbish the unit. Appliances both big and small offer endless possibilities, since they are essentially a heap of metal material.
This article illustrate some of the ways you can repair or refurbish your appliances. Still want to get rid of your unit? There’s information on how to do that, too. No matter what route you decide to take, know that any of these options are an environmentally-friendly alternative to leaving your appliance on the side of the road.
Repair vs. Replace
When an appliance breaks, our first instinct might be to replace the whole unit. If your unit is a standard model and you are in the market for an energy-efficient model, by all means replace the appliance because eco models can reduce your energy bill and water consumption significantly, up to 50 percent in some cases.
If you already have an energy-efficient appliance or aren’t in the market to purchase a new unit just yet, you might be able to repair your appliance rather than replace it. If you aren’t handy yourself, consider calling an appliance professional to diagnose your appliance problem.
However, if you are at all handy, even in the slightest, you might be able to quickly repair the appliance yourself. Some of the most common appliance problems can be fixed by replacing a part, which could cost as little as $15.
Refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines are the appliances that tend to cause the most trouble. These troubles are oftentimes easily fixed by replacing a part, as outlined in this appliance repair infographic created by PartSelect Appliances.
Whether you hire a handyman or attempt to fix the appliance yourself, be sure to determine which side wins in the repair vs. replace battle.