Choosing Energy Star For The US Top 3 Home Appliances
The earliest manufactured appliances approximately consume twice to three times more energy than those new appliance models that meet the federal efficiency standards. So replacing them may be a very good idea to cut down energy consumption and to save the environment. So when making your purchase, look for the Energy Star Label to ensure maximum energy savings. Dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines are the top 3 home appliances being used and owned by 90% of the American households. These however, also account for 13 percent of the household's energy consumption.
The 'Energy Star' label was initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, to help homeowners and businesses choose appliances that will save them electricity charges from utility bills and help preserve the environment:
Dishwashers - State-of-the-art Energy Star dishwashers give us cleaner dishes and help us avoid the likelihood of re-washing the dishes. This alone creates at about $40 dollars saving annually on the utility bill and save 10 gallons of water per load.
Refrigerators - Replacing your mother's refrigerator from the 1970s or 80s, will save you $200 a year in utility bills. This saving is accounted for the continuous improvement of the compression systems, designs, materials, and insulators of the current refrigeration technology. New versions are 20 percent more efficient than old models.
Washing Machines - Heating the water to wash clothes accounts to most of the energy washing machines consume. New Energy Star models use less energy because of the technological advancements which make washing machines use less water, have faster spin speed for drying. Energy star models will save you up to $110 a year on utility bill.
Aside from the savings you'll get with energy star appliances, also think about saving our planet. Take advantage of recycling programs available in your local when disposing your old appliance. This is a way to save the environment since older appliances contain CFCs which needs to be removed before harvesting the appliance's metal for recycling. Let's not forget that we should be advocates in saving our planet regardless of what we do.
When purchasing new appliance models, it is expected that energy star appliances cost more than the inefficient ones, though remember with these, we will be able to recover our investments through the utility bill savings. So, expect the Energy Star rated appliances will give you reasonable ROI's in the long run.