If you are planning to replace your appliances with stainless steel, you will probably need to start saving money.
The technology used to make stainless steel cables is already making inroads in the market, but the costs of stainless steel can be high and can pose a big threat to the environment, the World Health Organization said in its latest report.
“We estimate that a typical stainless steel product is costing more than $1,200 per year in electricity and maintenance costs, and approximately $1.4 billion in environmental impacts, including CO2 emissions and greenhouse gas emissions,” the WHO said in the report, released on Friday.
Worth the effortIf you want to keep your appliance, you might consider cutting back on the amount of electricity used, the WHO says.
But there are other ways to save energy and environmental costs, such as using renewable energy sources or switching to an efficient energy system.
While stainless steel might be a cheap option for replacing your appliances, there are some disadvantages to stainless steel that can cost you money in the long run, experts said.
For example, stainless steel is more difficult to clean and therefore requires less energy.
It also has a tendency to absorb water.
There is a risk that your appliances may have to be replaced periodically if you use it for longer than a year.
Even though stainless steel has a long life, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of replacing your stainless steel appliances, said Paul Gautier, a senior scientist with the Climate Change Institute at the World Resources Institute.
Some experts say that you should consider the carbon price that your new appliances will be subject to.
That could make the difference between saving money and getting rid of your appliance in the end, experts added.