Choosing energy efficient appliances is one way to be kind to the environment and reduce our energy consumption.
Every decision you make about purchasing new appliances or redecorating your home could affect the environment.
It is useful to think about the possible impact of appliances when you purchase them, since these decisions affect both big and small purchases.
Heating your home accounts for more than a quarter of household energy use, with another quarter made up of appliances such as stoves, fridges, dishwashers and washing machines. A starting point for choosing energy efficient appliances is to look for the Energy Star rating.
The Energy Star Rating
Energy Star is a symbol of energy efficiency used on appliances in different countries. It was created by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.
The label can be found on dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers, refrigerators and freezers. There is a minimum standard for each type of appliance, and the Energy Star rating is given to appliances which are more efficient than the minimum.
Choosing appliances with an Energy Star label is a good first step in being environmentally friendly, but you can do more by making choices about the type of appliances you have in your home.
Dishwashers are not just labour saving devices, but environmentally friendly ones.
When you run the dishwasher you use half the energy and about one sixth of the water as when washing by hand.
To improve energy consumption, look for dishwashers that have low water consumption, several options for washing and can dry without heat.
Fridges and Freezers
Fridges and freezers consume a lot of household energy. A modern fridge is more efficent than one made ten years ago, with better insulation, better temperature control and more efficient compressors.
Side by side fridges and freezers use more energy than those where the freezer is above the fridge and fridges over 25 cubic feet really use a lot of energy. Some freezers have energy saver switches to change the temperature during summer and winter.
The location of your fridge is also a major factor. Keep it away from heat sources and leave some room behind it.
Doing The Laundry
When choosing a washing machine, go for a front loader, which uses much less water. A washing machine with plenty of washing cycle options makes it easier to choose the most efficient one for each load. Check for washers with a fast spin cycle so that you can eliminate more water from the wet clothes.
Dryers use lots of energy, so don’t use them unless you need to. When choosing a dryer, one that shuts off automatically is the best option.
These are just a few examples of how you can choose energy efficient appliances. Remember to check energy ratings before buying.