Energy Efficient Appliances

Many appliances appear very comparable externally but they can vary all together when it comes to energy efficiency and as a result running expenditure.

Here you will find out everything you need to know about low energy household appliances. Learn more about what energy low energy appliances are, what makes them different, the benefits of choosing them and whether they are right for you and your home. For questions concerning energy-efficient appliances and other home appliances, contact Smithtown Appliance Repair.

What is an Energy Efficient Home Appliance?

In simple terms energy efficiency is making use of decreased energy to perform the same function. For example, replacing an incandescent light bulb with a lower energy LED bulb that produces the same illumination or insulating your walls so you need less heating.

Energy efficiency is related to but distinct from energy conservation which involves making use of less energy by requiring a different result. For example, opting to take the bus when you might normally have used the car or just running the dishwasher when you have a full load.

Electricity saving household appliances are engineered to give equivalent results in a more efficient way allowing you to save energy. Lower electricity usage result in lower energy bills and less environmental impact.

Many devices for sale in the USA are ENERGY STAR marked, meaning they offer use less power than lower rated models, normally ranging from 10-50%. Most devices have EnergyGuide labels which lay out how efficient they are in comparison to other comparable devices.

These ratings can be a handy place to start when determining if a device is energy conserving or not.

Types of Energy Efficient Appliances

Some examples of energy conserving appliances include:

  • Fridge-Freezers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Water Heaters
  • Washing Machines
  • Dishwashers

How Electricity Saving Household Appliances work

Electricity saving devices work by utilizing the latest technology to maximize efficiency. That might look like superior insulation in freezers, filters in dishwashers, or moisture sensors in tumble dryers to limit drying time.

Benefits of Energy Efficient Devices

Switching to energy conserving household appliances is a good idea for multiple reasons:

  1. Reducing energy. The more efficient a device is the less energy it needs to complete its task. Meaning you can experience a sizable reduction in energy consumption without losing any productivity.
  2. Saving money. Although more efficient household appliances might have a more expensive initial cost they will generally save you money over time by reducing your electricity bills.
  3. Environmental advantages. Most of the energy we need for our daily lives comes from non-renewable resources and results in Carbon Dioxide and other gases being released into the atmosphere. Reducing our exploitation of fossil fuels also conserves them for future use in a more sustainable way.
  4. Fuel Security. With resource costs consistently going up and natural resources always depleting choosing more efficient household appliances is a more sustainable option.

Do Electricity Efficient Appliances Genuinely Save Money?

Low energy devices save you money by reducing your energy consumption and by association your energy bills.

The amount you save and whether or not you enjoy a noticeable difference in your monthly bills will depend on the relative efficiency of the old and new appliances, the amount they get used and how long the product lasts.

The older the good you are replacing is the more you are likely to save. In the same way the more energy the device uses to run the bigger the potential savings. I.e replacing an old, wasteful, oversized air conditioning unit with a new ENERGY STAR rated one that is the correct size for your home, could make a marked impact whereas replacing your fridge with one that is merely 10% more efficient is likely to have a much less noticeable impact.

Studies suggest that if your fridge was produced over 20 years ago you could save up to $270 in five years, however if it was made in the last 10 years the financial rewards will be much less significant.

You also have to make certain you use your devices energy saving settings to get the greatest savings. For example, there is no point having super energy efficient machine if you always wash at high temperatures.

When comparing new household appliances factoring in both the ticket price and the usage costs will ensure you make the best decision for you.

How Electricity Efficient Devices Help the Planet

Reducing energy consumption isn’t only about reducing your bills. Minimizing energy consumption also has an environmental impact.

Our actions have massive impacts on the environment, one of the most pressing of which is the release of greenhouse gasses into the environment through the consumption of fossil fuels that have been correlated to air quality degradation and global warming.

As the general population become more aware of the environmental cost of our daily decisions the market is responding with more environmentally friendly solutions to our problems. Whether that is cheaper solar panels or in this case low energy dehumidifiers.

What are ENERGY STAR rated Devices?

The ENERGY STAR rating was created in 1992 to ensure an easily detectable way for people to decide upon more efficient appliances.

Rated appliances must meet both energy efficiency and consumer expectations in regards to performance and attributes.

The qualifications for the ENERGY STAR certification vary between different appliances. In order to have the star mark, devices must be a minimum percentage less energy intensive than the base design in their grouping.

As a result, not all ENERGY STAR marked goods are equal when it comes to energy efficiency. For example a washing machine that uses 12% less energy and one that is 20% more efficient would get the rating. Thus although making sure you see the symbol is a simple starting point, it is still worth looking into the actual energy usage before picking the best one for you.

Is an Low Energy Appliance Right for Your Home?

Electricity saving appliances really do make a difference at an individual and international level, meaning more money in your pocket and better use of energy and resources.

Next time you are shopping for a new appliance have a look at the EnergyGuide label. This indicates the cost of energy an appliance needs and makes it easier to compare makes and styles.

You might also want to check how much you spend on your energy so you can make accurate comparisons.

Size counts when it comes to appliances. For example:

  • Paying for one full size fridge is more efficient than running two small ones. Unless you only use the extra one during the holidays
  • When buying a replacement washing machine think about the amount of washing you tend to do as running a space saving machine twice will cost more than turning on a higher capacity machine once.
  • Even the lowest energy water heater will be unable to reduce your bills if it’s four times the spec you should be using for your home.

Devices use more energy as they age so replace older items first and if you have the funds available, focus on the items that use the most energy.

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