Energy-efficient appliances seem to be a buzzword in home renovation and appliance shopping. But what exactly makes an appliance energy efficient? Knowing how to interpret the claims of energy-efficient appliances and deciding which ones will save you energy help you to recoup some savings on your energy bills. Today, we’re going to look at what makes an appliance energy efficient and how you can incorporate more energy savings in your Colorado home.
What makes an appliance efficient?
Appliances are efficient when they use less or significantly less energy to perform the same job as a standard or old-model appliance. Many energy-efficient appliances show the Energy Star label to convey their energy savings capabilities. From washing machines to dishwashers and refrigerators, you can find energy-efficient appliances for every room in your home. When you choose an energy-efficient appliance, you’ll not only help the environment, but you help your family’s bottom line.
Reduce your utility bills
One of the main attractions to choosing energy-efficient appliances is the ability of these appliances to contribute significantly less energy usage overall. This is seen in your home utility bills since efficient appliances use fewer kilowatts per hour than their standard counterparts. By changing even one of your appliances to a newer, energy-efficient model, you start to notice almost immediate savings on your electricity costs. In addition to saving on energy, newer models also offer you the opportunity to bring new technologies to your home. Newer technology may save you more time and money.
Obviously, one of the biggest incentives to choosing energy-efficient appliances is the ability to contribute less greenhouse gas emissions into the environment. Energy-efficient appliances reduce your energy consumption at a fundamental level. The less energy that goes to your house, the less fuel that your power plant need supply, which means that there are less fossil fuel and other unsustainable energy sources being consumed. It may seem like one or two energy efficient appliances in your home might not make a huge difference. When a majority of Americans convert to these green appliances, over time the country will use less energy. Energy-efficient appliances are an investment in the future.
Smart choices save you money
Energy-efficient appliances usually bring with them a host of smart technologies. Often, it’s these smart features that allow you to save energy by varying the amount of energy sent to the appliance at certain times and significantly limiting the energy consumption at other times. For example, an energy-efficient refrigerator might have smart features that better preserve your food. This will keep things from going bad as quickly and save you money on your food budget in addition to helping you earn more money back on your electricity bills. Other smart appliances, like high-efficiency washing machines, weigh each load of laundry to determine how much water is necessary to complete the wash cycle. These machines save you money on your water bill without compromising the cleanliness of your clothes and linens.
Finding energy-efficient appliances
Finding energy-efficient appliances is not at all difficult. Since they’re becoming so much more popular and the demand for such appliances is way up, it’s easy to find energy-efficient appliances of all types in your favorite appliance or tech store.
How to choose the right ones
Washers, ovens, refrigerators and more are all available in energy-efficient models, so you can upgrade your whole home for energy savings. Additionally, you’ll find energy-efficient appliances from your favorite manufacturers, including LG, Whirlpool, and others. Energy-efficient appliances often feature new technologies, which means that you’ll spend more money upfront to purchase them. It may be tempting to ignore the energy-efficient claims and spend less on a less efficient appliance. Over time, you’ll lose out on any savings you might have otherwise recognized on your energy, water, and other bills.
Schedule a home energy audit
Even if you’re interested in switching to energy efficient appliances, you probably don’t understand the exact breakdown of just how much new appliances can save. Getting a home energy audit is the only way to be absolutely sure of what you’re getting yourself into and just how much you can save.
Reduce carbon emissions and more
Get in touch with us today to learn more about how an energy audit can save you money and which energy-efficient appliances you should choose for your home. We can perform audits before and after your purchase so that you can compare your energy use and learn exactly how much you’re saving. Not only do you reduce your carbon emissions, but you’ll also save money on your energy bills. Energy-efficient appliances are a win-win!
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