How to Pick Energy Efficient Home Appliances

How to Pick Energy Efficient Home Appliances

Changing lifestyles and new standards of living have had a significant effect on our attitude and the environment around us. Although we all know the importance of energy in our daily lives, not all of us use it as efficiently as possible.

However, energy consumption plays a major role in how we live. Technological advancements have completely altered our way of life, which has, in turn, affected how we use energy. Apart from reducing your utility bills, maintaining an energy efficient home promotes the sustainability of our environment.
While you may not necessarily be into saving our natural resources one kilowatt at a time, you will most certainly appreciate a lower energy bill. You can save a lot of money and support the green movement if you pick energy efficient home appliances.

Knowing how to tell if a particular home appliance will have a significant impact is the tricky part. Here is how you can achieve this objective.
Think ahead
When you are looking to purchase a major appliance, try to think of having it for at least ten years. Bigger and better models may come along in future, which means you will probably upgrade. However, you need to figure the amount saved over a period of not less than ten years when thinking about the yearly operating cost, especially if you have any intention of selling your home. Having top range energy savers is an excellent selling point.

Additionally, proper maintenance plays a major role in energy efficiency, and this includes ensuring professionals perform the repairs. Making sure you engage an experienced professional when your fridge needs sub zero refrigerator repair services helps to ensure effective and efficient performance.

Read reviews
Although it might not seem like the best of ideas, you should read the reviews of any appliance before purchase. The fact that your appliances can save you a lot of money by consuming the least amount of energy won't matter much if they don't run well or start to malfunction after a few months of constant use.

Visiting different websites and reading up on all of the appliances you've had your eye on is one of the best ways to start your hunt for energy efficient home appliances. 

Learn to read energy star labels 
Energy Star certified products can consume as little as half the amount of energy their counterparts use. Although walking into one of the appliance stores in your locality and locating the prettiest model might not be hard, finding the least expensive model to operate might prove challenging. 

Aside from a list of every major feature, you will find the make, model, size, and manufacturer of an appliance listed on the device. Indicated in the big yellow label located either below or beside this information is the amount of energy to be consumed by that particular appliance in a year.

The information provided might not mean a lot, at least not until you observe the scale located directly below the big yellow label. This scale states the range of energy consumption for appliances in the same category. Listed further below is the yearly operating cost, which you can use to determine whether an appliance is energy efficient. According to experts, home appliances that use more energy always cost more to operate.

Do not discount small electronic devices
Although small personal electronics such as printers, digital screens, and home entertainment systems rarely come with an Energy Star label, you should not discount them. The lack of Energy Star labeling is not because they are inefficient consumers of power, but because the difference in energy consumption between different models isn’t huge.

There are, however, some differences in energy consumption. For example, laser printers consume more power than ink jet printers while LCD screens use less energy than CRT or plasma screens. Additionally, appliances that feature a small, lightweight power supply are often more energy efficient than those with big and heavy transformer-based power supplies.

Since there are refunds, rebates, and tax breaks everywhere nowadays, make sure you read up on ongoing incentives for the purchase of energy efficient appliances. Visit the Energy Star website for a list of potential rebates for different types of home appliances, and where you can get them. By following these simple tips you can create a truly environment friendly home.

Topics: Appliances, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Energy Star, Maintenance & Repair

Companies: Energy Star

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