Go Green with Energy-Efficient Appliances

Started by Cheryl Sigman on Thursday, April 22, 2010

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4/22/2010 at 3:42 PM

Given our busy lifestyles, online shopping has become a preferred method of purchasing the things we need in our lives. Considering the price of gas and how valuable our time has become, consumers look for ways to save money any way they can. With this in mind, as well as our concern for a greener environment, we begin to appreciate the continued advances made in technology and design, which reduce the amount of energy consumption while making our lives easier.

Specifically, by purchasing energy efficient appliances, you help protect the environment and save on energy costs. Look for the energy star rating on the appliance label. Energy efficient appliances can save you between 10-50% on your monthly energy bill.

If your appliances are more than 10 years old, it is probably more cost efficient to buy a newer, more energy efficient model, than repairing the old one. A new model dishwasher is so energy efficient that they use less water than washing dishes by hand. New ovens warm up immediately and eliminate the need for preheating, thus saving on energy. Gas ovens with electronic ignition systems can save approximately 30% in cost to run vs. the pilot lit stove models which are always on. Radiant elements under ceramic glass are more energy efficient that the old coil element cooktops. Induction elements transfer electromagnetic energy directly to the pan where heat is needed, reducing energy by about one-half that which is needed by the standard electric coil element. A range hood helps with ventilation in your home and keeps your inside air cleaner. A new refrigerator could save you about $65 in energy bills per year.

All major household appliances sold today must meet minimum energy conservation specifications set by the Dept. of Energy. New features on various appliances can be turned on or turned off, or adjusted so that performance is task oriented, saving money and energy, while doing the job efficiently.

Before your old appliances stop working is the best time to buy new. You do not want to end up paying more money for an appliance out of desperation. Also, time allows for doing your homework and asking questions before rushing to buy an appliance that may be unnecessary given you family’s needs or outside of your family’s budget.

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