Save Money, And The Earth, With Green Appliances Save Money, And The Earth, With Green Appliances
Global Warming. It’s probably one of the most-used buzz words of the early 21st Century, and not without good cause. When it comes to global warming, the facts are indisputable. Take for instance:
- The United States is responsible for 1/4 of all the carbon dioxide emissions on the planet.
- The planet’s glaciers have been reduced by a rate of nearly 10% per year since 1970.
- If sea levels rise 4 inches, Florida and Louisiana may face serious risk
- Some scientists are predicting sea levels rising 35 inches or more if we do not immediately combat global warming.
It may seem daunting to think you can have even the slightest effect on the Earth’s warming trend. But when many people make slight changes it can collectively make a substantial difference. One way to make an impact is to replace your old, hard-working appliances with newer, energy efficient “green” models.
Believe it or not, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the appliances in your home count for 20% of your energy usage. The reality is that the older the appliances are, the more energy they’re costing you.
As it ages, your refrigerator’s compressor has to work harder and when it does, it draws more amperage in order to handle the load. This can cause a strain on your electric service. Replacing it with an Energy Star compliant model will provide you with energy savings and help lower emissions. Energy Star refrigerators use a minimum of 15% less energy than current federal standards and could be up to 40% more efficient than models sold in 2001.
You can get similar savings from replacing your dishwasher. Modern Energy Star compliant dishwashers use up to 25% less energy than current federal standards as well as less water. Manually setting the dishwashers drying levels and hot water settings can help save even more.
Clothes washers and dryers are often used on a weekly basis and they can really increase energy consumption when their motors start to wear. Newer Energy Star washers use 15 to 20 fewer gallons of water per load and 50% of the electricity of non-compliant washers. Also, newer dryers incorporate a moisture sensor which automatically turns the dryer off when it senses that the clothes are dry. This helps prevent running the appliance when it’s not needed, saving energy--and ultimately your clothes.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Energy Star label, get a thorough description of what information can be found on the Energy Star sticker.
When it comes to buying a new appliance, there should be two price tags you should be concerned with:
- The actual cost of the appliance. It has to fit within your budget.
- How much the appliance will cost over the course of a year to use. This can be found on the Energy Star label. The lower the operation cost, the better the machine will be for you and our planet.
Of course, don’t think I’m advising you to replace all your appliances simultaneously. That can be expensive, and some of your appliances may still be running properly. But when you do find it’s time to replace an appliance, you replace it with one featuring an Energy Star label. Eventually, as more Energy Star compliant appliances find their way into the homes of Americans, we can start decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions our country is responsible for.