In regard to energy efficiency, do Energy Star certified appliances really save money?
When buying new appliances, you want those that work perfectly, last long, and cost reasonable. You should also check out how much an appliance will cost to work – its energy efficiency. Energy Star is the symbol for energy efficiency made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to help consumers cut cost and air air pollution.
According to Energy Star, around half of the annual total spending goes to your home heating and cooling appliances. Refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers eat up about 13 percent of the total. While another 12 percent is applied to your lighting. Around 14 percent is chewed up when heating water.
Energy efficient home appliances are often commended with better economical value as they help consumers reduce their monthly electric bill. Let’s take a look at how energy saving appliances really save:
Some remarkable advances have been done in refrigeration technology for the past ten years, which means that old refrigerators are one of the biggest energy hogs in many U.S. homes. An Energy Star certified refrigerator utilizes 15% less energy, and the EPA indicates that it uses less energy than a 60W light bulb. It also uses 10% less energy than the regular unit. The reason for that is the appliances that have been labelled energy star consume high quality insulation materials, and have more durable seal between the window opening and the appliance. If you have an old fridge, you can cut the cost even more on your electricity bills with an energy-efficient unit.
Almost half the total energy consumption is charged to your heating and cooling units amounting to around $930 a year for an average owner. Buying a new air conditioner unit labelle as energy efficient could cut your spending up to 20-40 percent on your home cooling expenditure. By selecting Energy Star qualified heating and cooling appliances and taking some measure to boost its performance, you can improve the comfort of your home while being economical. If you own a 12-year old air conditioner, replacing it with an energy star unit could help you spend less money by 30 percent and reduce around 1,700 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
You may not be using your home dishwashers as much as your cooling and heating equipment, but the water and energy needed to run a full cycle adds up. An Energy Star qualified dishwasher unit consumes 20% less water and 10% less energy. Over the lifespan of the dishwasher, you will save more than 1,900 gallons of water according to the EPA. The dishwashers with energy star certification are more advanced than the older units and can wash much more efficiently.
When you use the energy-efficient dryer and washing machine together, you see extra savings not only to your electric bill but also your water bill. An Energy Star clothes washer is designed to consume 40 to 50 percent less energy and about 55 percent less water than the regular washers. When you change your old washing machine with an energy-efficient unit, you will be able to save up to $50 per year on maintenance and water bills. Energy-efficient clothes washers also demand less detergent than top-loading machines, so you save more money monthly. The EPA also reminded that more well performing motors spin, the more water out of your clothes, making your dryer to work less hard.
Generally, clothes dryers consume a great amount of energy to dry your laundry. However, Energy Star dryers only chew up 20 percent less electricity than a standard model, which will save you around $210 in electric bills with the lifespan of your energy-efficient dryer. Clothes dryer units that have been labelled Energy Star are manufactured with innovative energy saving technologies such as moisture sensors that signal when your laundry is dry and automatically turn the dryer off. Energy Star clothes washers are also installed with advanced functionality to take more water out of your clothes in its final spin cycle than a standard model. This enables for clothing to dry faster in an Energy Star dryer using less heat. Also less heat helps you save energy and avoid the damage on your clothes.
Room Air Cleaners and Purifiers
When in constant use, a regular room air purifier consumes around 550 kWh per year in electrical consumption. This exceeds more than the energy utilized by new refrigerator units. Energy Star labelled room air cleaners and purifiers provide remarkable energy savings. They are 40% more energy-efficient, which means you would save around $25 annually instead of using the traditional units. Energy Star certified room air purifiers are around 60% more energy-efficient than standard models, helping the consumers save up to 500 kWh and $60 annually on facility bills. Over the lifespan of your unit, it could help you save up to $490.
Not only will you enjoy a low monthly utility bill, but also some Energy Star appliances qualify for tax credits and sellers even offer tax-free purchase periods in some areas. These tax holidays were carried out to encourage consumers to buy energy-efficient appliances that are not only good for the budget but also for the environment.
When you shift to energy-efficient home appliances, you can save hundreds of dollars month after month on your electric bills. It may be a small saving from each energy-efficient appliance, but they will last for around from 10 to 20 years. Therefore, consider both the unit price and energy consumption when choosing which brand and model to purchase. Generally, you will save money by replacing your old appliances with the more expensive and more energy-efficient models.
Talk to our team at 5 Star Appliance Repair to learn more about energy-efficient models. Get the best recommendation you need to monitor your usage of your appliances and replace them with energy efficient units when necessary.