The Art Of Finding "green" Home Appliances
When it comes to electronic home appliances, cost is a relative concern. In addition to the amount you pay at the retail location, you have to consider how the piece of equipment - refrigerator, air conditioner, washing machine and so on - will affect your monthly electric bill.
In the case of some appliances, you'll be able to find items that balance an affordable cost with a reasonable degree of energy efficiency. Others will excel in one category while being disappointing in others, and some will fail on both accounts. As a result, you have to be careful in what you buy.
Fortunately, this won't be quite as hard as you might be thinking. Due to the Appliance Labeling Rule set down by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, manufacturers of these products have to provide labels offering information on the capacity, estimated annual energy consumption and energy efficiency ratings, along with the same information regarding comparable appliances.
Using this data, you can make an informed decision when the time comes to make your next appliance purchase.
Additionally, you can look for the ENERGY STAR label provided by a combined initiative of the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, on these products. This logo certifies that the device meets the standards set down by both of these government agencies for energy efficiency.
You can visit their websites to find up-to-date lists of labeled products. Doing so is necessary, not only to have an advantage when you finally shop but to know exactly why a particular device received the ENERGY STAR certification in the first place.
Some appliances have had their label revoked, based on failing to uphold the standards of performance that originally earned them the certification. You'll want to make sure you don't run into a product being inaccurately labeled as energy-efficient when it actually isn't.
Are your current appliances energy-efficient?