Appliances are one of those purchases that can last for a long time if they’re well taken care of. For instance, think about when was the last time you bought a fridge or a washing machine. Chances are, this is the first time you are ever thinking about it, as those appliances can last 10 to 20 years with you. Some would say they even become a part of the family.
So, when you’re searching for new electric appliances, one of the first things that should pop into your mind is energy-efficient appliances. Why? Because when you shop for machines, there are two price tags: the upfront price and how much it costs to run them. As the US Energy Department says: You can save money and energy at home by choosing energy-efficient appliances and electronics and reducing the amount you use them. So let’s find out more about them
What are energy-efficient appliances?
Energy-efficient appliances are those that use less energy to perform the tasks they’re built for. In the US, we have one label backed by the government that states that given appliance complies with federal requirements for energy consumption.
This label is widely known as the blue label or ENERGY STAR® label. It is so known that according to the most recent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research on ENERGY STAR® Awareness, 91 percent of households identify the ENERGY STAR® label when displayed, and 83 percent had seen or heard about it before being shown the label.
Now that we know what energy-efficient appliances are, let´s move into our tips:
1. Think about ENERGY STAR® labeled products
As you know, the ENERGY STAR® label stands for energy-efficient appliances. When you think about new appliances, you should be looking for this label. Because they’re not only more efficient, but they also can save you big bucks in the long run. ENERGY STAR products often outperform minimal regulatory criteria; they are better for you, the environment, and your pocketbook.
So next time you buy energy-efficient appliances, look for the label on appliances, electronics, water heaters, windows, and other energy-consuming goods in your house. When you’re searching for a new property, you can even look at the ENERGY STAR® label on the construction of a place. This indicates that that property fulfills energy efficiency standards.
2. Size matters
From HVAC Systems to small appliances, the size of your new purchase matters greatly. They shouldn’t be thought of as just fitting your home; you should look for something perfect for your consumption, home size, and habits. For example, if you buy the most giant washing machine out there and only live with your pet, you’ll be wasting significant water and electricity by running it, as it wouldn’t be full most of the time.
The same happens with large appliances, like HVAC systems. A properly sized HVAC will operate considerably more efficiently. When your system is huge or tiny, you may have an unpleasant interior temperature, increased energy expenditures, and increased damage due to the wear and tear of your unit. Make sure you check out this chart by American Standard Air to match your square footage to your new AC.
Source: American Standard Air
3. Tax credits and rebates
As more companies and people are getting aware of energy efficiency’s importance, you’ll see more and more economic benefits of switching to energy-efficient appliances. You can learn more about Energy Incentives for Individuals on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and about qualified Energy Efficiency improvements on the following website.
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4. Lean towards smart appliances
It is not just about energy efficiency itself. When you buy energy-efficient appliances, you’ll see that they have energy-saving settings most of the time. The buttons on the panels are all there for a reason. For example, if the clothing is just slightly dirty, a moderate wash will still result in clean garments; an entire washing cycle will take more power and water than is required. An “eco” (or “energy saving”) setting lets you save water and electricity while still cleaning thoroughly.
Smart appliances employ slight methods to alter energy consumption to adjust to power demand. For example, your HVAC may run somewhat less often, or your water heater may change its heating cycle to work when energy prices are lower without affecting performance. If your utility offers a time of use rate, you might be even saving money on your energy bill, switching your consumption to when demand is lower, such as nights and weekends.
5. Buy them when you need them
You don’t need to switch to energy-efficient appliances all at once. As we said before, appliances are a purchase that lasts for a long time in your household. When yours starts failing, make sure to check whether it’s worth the repair or whether it’s better to let it go and upgrade it with newer energy-efficient appliances.
Before purchasing any kind of energy-efficient appliances, make sure you do your research thoroughly. You’d be shocked at how many individuals wind up overpaying for appliances because they don’t do enough research before buying. Before going to the store, research the manufacturer’s suggested price, pricing at neighboring merchants, and possible specials and discounts. If you indicate you’re going to buy somewhere else, many firms will price match or offer you a discount.
6. Try to wait until the end of the year for better prices
If you want to get good deals and to save money on energy-efficient appliances, you should wait. Each end of the year, stores heavily discount appliances to make room for new models. Avoid buying on the spur of the moment; it’s easy to be influenced by a shining new washer and dryer at the home improvement store, but doing your homework ahead of time will ensure you get the most incredible price on appliances that match your needs and fit your house.
7. Design matters when it comes to energy efficiency.
Let’s show you an example, modern fridges are available in a variety of models and capacities. But as with every other purchase, design matters. Refrigerator units with the freezer on the top or bottom are usually more efficient than ones with side-by-side doors. Same happens with added functions like ice makers and water dispensers they can be convenient, but they will increase the refrigerator’s energy use.
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So where to start?
Begin by identifying which of your present appliances use the most energy. Next, determine which of those appliances you might update for the greatest increase in efficiency and monthly utility savings. Don’t be put off by the cost; special financing is available to help you improve your home’s efficiency, lower your carbon footprint, and potentially save money on future power costs.
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