Energy Efficient Appliances

The majority of appliances appear very comparable outwardly but they can vary significantly when it comes to energy saving and therefore running expenditure.

Here you will find out all you need to know about electricity saving appliances. Discover what energy electricity efficient devices are, what makes them different, the benefits of using them and when you should make the investment. For questions concerning energy-efficient appliances and other home appliances, contact Premiere Appliance Repair.

What is an Energy Efficient Household Appliance?

Basically energy efficiency is employing lower energy to perform the same function. This could mean, replacing an incandescent light bulb with a more efficient LED bulb that produces the same illumination or insulating your home so you need to turn the heating on less often.

Energy efficiency is similar to but not the same as energy conservation which requires employing less energy by adjusting behaviours or habits. For example, opting to cycle when you might normally have used the car or just putting on the dishwasher when you have a full load.

Energy efficient devices are created to offer equivalent outcomes with lower energy requirements allowing you to save money. Less energy requirements result in lower electricity bills and less environmental impact.

Many appliances for sale in the United States are ENERGY STAR rated, meaning they offer use less energy than lower rated models, usually ranging from 10-50%. Most household appliances also have EnergyGuide labels which advertize how efficient they are when looked at next to other equal capacity appliances.

These ratings can be a handy first point of call when determining if a device is low energy or not.

Types of Energy Conserving Household Appliances

Some different types of electricity saving appliances include:

  • Fridges
  • Air Purifiers
  • Water Heaters
  • Washing Machines
  • Tumble Dryers

How Energy Efficient Devices work

Energy conserving appliances work by employing the latest techniques to make sure they waste as little energy as possible. That might look like superior insulation in freezers, dirt sensors in dishwashers, or moisture sensors in dryers to limit drying time.

Benefits of Energy Conserving Goods

Using low energy household appliances is a good idea for many reasons:

  1. Reducing energy. The more efficient a device is the less resources it uses to undertake its task. Meaning you can gain a noticeable saving in energy without losing any productivity.
  2. Saving money. Although energy-efficient appliances are likely to have a more expensive initial cost they will generally save you money in the long run by reducing your energy bills.
  3. Environmental benefits. Most of the energy we use in our daily lives comes from oil and gas and results in the emission of greenhouse gases. Reducing our wastefulness of natural resources also keeps them for future generations.
  4. Resource Security. With resource costs consistently going up and natural resources always depleting choosing less energy intensive devices is a more sustainable option.

Do Energy Efficient Household Appliances Actually Save Money?

Electricity saving appliances save you money by reducing your energy usage and in turn your energy bills.

The amount you save and whether or not you notice a big reduction in your annual bills will depend on the difference between the old and new devices, the amount they get used and the lifespan of the product.

The older the good you are changing is the more you are likely to save. Similarly the more energy the appliance needs to run the more significant the possible savings. I.e replacing an old, inefficient, too big air conditioner with a new ENERGY STAR rated one that is the correct size for your space, will make a noticeable impact whereas upgrading your fridge with one that is merely 10% less energy intensive is likely to have a significantly less noticeable impact.

Reports suggest that if your fridge was made over 20 years ago you could save up to $270 in five years, but if it was built in the last 10 years the savings will be much less.

You also have to ensure you understand your household appliances energy saving functions to get the greatest savings. For example, setting your dryer for a fixed time negates its ability to sense when your clothes are nearly dry.

When examining new devices factoring in both the upfront price and the running costs will make sure you make the prime decision for you.

How Energy Conserving Devices Help the Planet

Saving energy isn’t all about reducing your bills. Reducing energy consumption also has a sustainability impact.

Our actions have massive effects on the environment, one of the most prevalent of which is the release of carbon dioxide into the air through the burning of non-renewable resources that are likely to be responsible for air pollution and climate change.

As the general population become more aware of the environmental effect of our daily decisions the market is reacting with less wasteful solutions to our problems. Whether that is cheaper solar panels or in this case low energy washing machines.

What are ENERGY STAR rating Household Appliances?

The ENERGY STAR mark was created in 1992 to ensure an readily understandable way for people to decide upon more efficient devices.

Rated appliances must meet both power consumption and consumer expectations in regards to quality and features.

The conditions for the ENERGY STAR certification change according to the device being tested. In order to gain the ENERGY STAR, devices must be at least a certain percentage more efficient than the standard design in their class.

As a result, not all ENERGY STAR marked products are equal when it comes to energy efficiency. For example a washing machine that is 15% more efficient and one that uses 22% less energy could get the symbol. Therefore although looking out for the symbol is a simple first step, it is still worth looking into the actual energy usage before picking the best one for you.

Is an Electricity Efficient Appliance the Best Choice for Your Home?

Energy efficient devices really do make a impact at an individual and international level, saving you money over time and more resources to go around.

When you are looking for a new appliance read the EnergyGuide label. This label tells you the cost of energy an appliance uses and makes it more straight forward to decide between brands and styles.

You’ll also want to make a note of how much your electricity costs you so you can make accurate comparisons.

Size counts when it comes to home appliances. For example:

  • Having one big fridge requires less energy than having two little ones. Unless you only need the extra one at certain times of the year
  • When choosing a new washing machine consider the amount of washing you tend to do as running a space saving machine multiple times uses more energy than running a higher capacity machine once.
  • Even the most efficient water heater will not save you money if it’s three times the size you need for your home.

Household appliances reduce in efficiency as they age so replace items that are past their best first and if you are able to, focus on the items that use the most energy.

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