Appliances are supposed to be ready for action at a moment’s notice, and it’s great when you know that you can rely on yours to get through the day. However, being on standby like this can cause them to suck up a lot of energy, contributing to larger bills and a bigger carbon footprint for your family. Here, we’ll be discussing some things to look out for when you are in the market for more energy-efficient appliances.
Efficiency in the Kitchen
Kitchen appliances, like your refrigerator, dishwasher, and perhaps your washer and dryer can suck up a lot of energy if they’re outdated. Ten years can make a lot of difference in technology, and the energy-saving measures that these electrical appliances take now are far ahead of anything that they’ve been able to do in the past. Even a used dishwasher made in the last 5 years will waste less water and have more convenience features than one from 15 years ago. The same goes for refrigerators and similar electronics, which have evolved to include much more efficient lighting, cooling, and heating mechanisms.
While shopping for better appliances, you’ll come across a blue logo that reads “Energy Star Certified” quite a few times. This decal means that the appliance has been evaluated and found to exceed the standards laid out by the Environmental Protection Agency. Appliances with this certification are likely going to cost more at the point of purchase, but the savings in your electricity bill will be well worth it over time.
Heating and Cooling
There are quite a few options available for upgrading the climate control in your home to be more energy-efficient. One of these is to install ceiling fans that are as large as it makes sense to be for each room they’re in. Ceiling fans do a great job of boosting air circulation, which goes a long way toward keeping a cool and comfortable atmosphere any time of year. Another great choice is updating your thermostat to a smart thermostat, which makes it incredibly easy to schedule the heating and cooling cycles of your HVAC system. Being conscientious about your home’s temperature and airflow can save you hundreds of dollars a year. It will also help with the longevity of your expensive appliances.
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