Most devices appear very similar outwardly but they can vary significantly when it comes to energy saving and consequently operating costs.
In this article you will understand everything you need to know about electricity efficient appliances. Learn more about what energy efficient devices are, what makes them different, the advantages of making the switch and whether they are right for you and your home. For questions concerning energy-efficient appliances and other home appliances, contact Dawson’s Appliance Repair.
Basically energy efficiency is employing less energy to gain the same outcome. This could mean, replacing a filament bulb with a more efficient fluorescent bulb that produces the same brightness or insulating your walls so you need to turn the heating on less often.
Energy efficiency is linked to but not the same as energy conservation which requires using less energy by requiring a different result. Eg opting to cycle when you might normally have used the car or only using the washing machine when you have a full load.
Electricity efficient appliances are engineered to provide the same results with lower energy requirements allowing you to save energy. Lower electricity usage result in lower energy bills and fewer environmental impacts.
Many household appliances for sale in the USA are ENERGY STAR certified, meaning they offer use less energy than standard models, usually ranging from 10-50%. Most household appliances will also have EnergyGuide labels which display how efficient they are compared to other equal capacity devices.
These simple labels can be a good starting point when determining if an appliance is low energy or not.
Some examples of energy efficient household appliances include:
Electricity efficient devices work by employing the best current technology to minimize energy consumption. That might look like superior insulation in freezers, dirt sensors in dishwashers, or moisture sensors in dryers to limit drying time.
Choosing low energy household appliances makes sense for multiple reasons:
Low energy devices save you money by reducing your energy usage and in turn your electricity bills.
The extent to which you save and whether or not you notice a substantial fall in your annual bills will depend on the relative efficiency of the previous and replacement devices, the intensity of use and how long the product lasts.
The older the device you are changing is the bigger the difference you are likely to see. Likewise the more energy it uses to run the bigger the likely savings. For example replacing an worn out, wasteful, overcapacity air conditioning unit with a new ENERGY STAR marked one that is the perfect size for your space, could make a noticeable impact whereas uprating your dishwasher with one that is only 10% more efficient will have a much smaller impact.
Studies suggest that if your fridge was made last century you could save up to $270 in five years, however if it was produced in the last 10 years the financial rewards will be much less.
You also have to make sure you make use of your appliances energy saving functions to get the best savings. For example, manual defrost is more energy-efficient than auto defrost, but only if you remember to keep defrosting.
When comparing new household appliances factoring in both the upfront price and the usage costs will ensure you make the best decision for you.
Reducing energy consumption isn’t all about saving you money. Minimizing energy consumption also has an environmental impact.
The things we do have big effects on the environment, one of the most prevalent of which is the release of carbon dioxide into the air through the burning of oil and gas that have been correlated to 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 needs. Whether that is reusable straws or in this case low energy dehumidifiers.
The ENERGY STAR mark was created in 1992 to provide an easily recognizable way for buyers to choose more eco-friendly appliances.
Rated appliances must meet both power performance and consumer needs in regards to quality and attributes.
The requirements for the ENERGY STAR rating change according to the device being tested. In order to have the ENERGY STAR, devices are required to be a minimum percentage more efficient than the standard design in their category.
However, not all ENERGY STAR certified goods are the same when it comes to energy efficiency. For example a freezer that uses 15% less energy and one that uses 18% less energy would get the certification. Therefore although looking out for the rating is a simple place to start, it is still worth looking into the actual figures before picking the best one for you.
Electricity efficient household appliances really do make a difference at an individual and global level, saving you money over time and better use of energy and resources.
Next time you are shopping for a new device check the EnergyGuide label. It tells you the amount of energy an appliance uses and makes it simpler to contrast brands and styles.
You may also want to check how much your electricity costs you so you can make better comparisons.
Size counts when it comes to appliances. For example:
Appliances use more energy as they age so replace older items first and if you can, focus on the appliances that use the most energy.
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