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Tips For Buying Energy Efficient Appliances

Most of us have become pretty dependent on electricity in our daily lives, and it is hard to imagine living without it. Electricity helps provide us with convenience and instant entertainment, making our lives easier. However, the same electricity is responsible for 85% of the country’s greenhouse emissions. Electricity used by appliances accounts for more than 30 percent of most home’s energy use.

Appliances are part of our lives, and we most likely can’t make do without them, but we can try to find ways to minimize the energy used in the house. Imagine cooking without a microwave, stove or oven or living without the luxury of being able to switch on lights or the television. Life would be challenging. Instead of going without energy, the government urges people to use energy saving appliances. But what do you look for in an energy efficient appliance?

Here are some tips for finding good energy efficient appliances:

Energy star rating

The star rating of an appliance gives a quick assessment of the model’s energy efficiency. It also provides an estimate of the annual energy use of the specific appliance. When looking for the star rating, the more stars the appliance has, the better and more energy efficient it is. For example, a five-star water rating can save up to 21000 liters of water annually,

Buy the correct size

It’s good to be realistic when shopping for an appliance. Don’t just buy the biggest sized appliance if it exceeds your typical needs. Bigger appliances can drive up electricity and water bills significantly.

Energy saving settings

Look for appliances with energy saving settings to help you minimize the usage of electricity and water. For example, when it comes to a dishwasher, the settings are important. If the dishes are not very dirty, a light wash is sufficient for the dishes to come out clean instead of a full powered wash cycle that would use more energy and water than necessary. An eco-setting is best and lets you save on water and energy whenever its possible.

Optional/cheaper power source

If you can get an appliance that can use a different power source besides electricity, that’s generally better. It’s an important variable in the operating cost of the appliance, especially for water heaters. Natural gas is a cheaper alternative compared to electricity, but remember natural gas units cost more to install.

Smart appliances

Are they worth the investment? They are a bit expensive compared to other appliances but play a huge role in energy savings. These appliances are connected to programmable energy management systems in the house. With these, you can create your own energy efficiency strategy like setting the heat low when there is no one at home or while everyone is sleeping.

Using energy efficient appliances can save you a lot of money in utility bills. You may even get tax credits or rebates if you buy energy efficient or water saving appliances.

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