If you’re in the market for new appliances, you probably have a few specifications in mind already. But have you consider purchasing something ‘Energy Star Qualified’?
The Energy Star label indicates that the model meets the governmental standard for energy efficiency. Although these appliances often cost more up front, they can help you save in the long run. Here are the benefits of switching to more energy efficient home appliances.
Decrease Utility Bills
By swapping for Energy Star appliances, you can decrease your energy consumption and reduce your electricity and natural gas bill each month. For example, Energy Star refrigerators cool much more efficiently so they require less electricity to run. Although the savings may seem insignificant at first, you will certainly notice it over the course of a year and throughout the lifetime of the appliance.
Newer appliances that are Energy Star Qualified use significantly less water than their older counterparts. This is because Energy Star models are designed to do the same quality of work using a fraction of the water. For example, newer dishwashers use ten less gallons of water per cycle than older models. This means you can save about 3,000 gallons of water per year, depending on how often you run your dishwasher. Not only does this promote water conservation, but it also reduces your water bill.
Reduce the Environmental Footprint
Newer appliances have an auto-power off function, which conserves energy when the machine is not in use. Look for washing machines that power off completely when a cycle is finished so that the machine is not wasting energy until it is manually powered off. These energy savings will add up, and can ultimately help to reduce the carbon footprint produced in residential areas.