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Of Energy Efficient Appliances: Here Are Five Things I’m Sure You Would like to Know

When it comes to home appliances or even equipment on the job, there is an increased push for families and companies to consider energy efficiency. Global warming is a serious problem and most countries of the world are working hard towards stemming or possibly reversing the effects, and that’s where your dish washer and other home appliances come in.

However, there are a few things most of us may not know about our appliances and equipment with regard to energy efficiency so I thought I would educate you:

Which appliances are covered?

Over 50 kinds of electrical appliances and equipment are incorporated in the energy efficiency standards. These represent about 90% of household appliances, 60% of energy use in commercial buildings and about 30% for industrial equipment.

What this means is that virtually everything that uses electricity in your home – refrigerator, heater, washing machine – is required to meet the energy efficiency standard. As a result, the average household consumption of energy has shown a remarkable drop over the years meaning that there is less damage done to the environment and more money in your pocket; a win-win situation, right?

So, how can you tell if your appliances are energy efficient?

While majority of the equipment and appliances currently being manufactured are energy efficient, there may still be some that are not. As a result, you could see your energy bill go up, and you start calling the complaints desk when the problem is on your end.

So here’s what you do: look for the energy guide labels found on these appliances. They will show you how similar appliances compare in terms of cost of operation and energy use, and you can make your decision from there. If you are buying new appliances, look out for the energy star label which represents the top 25% energy efficient products in the market. You can’t go wrong with that.

Is energy efficient equipment more expensive?

You would think so, right? As it turns out, the energy efficient appliances are actually more affordable than the previous kinds. You see, the manufacturer first makes changes in production to make it more efficient, which lowers the cost of production and consequently the market price for the product. Is that great or what?

What exactly is the relationship between your fridge and the environment?

The lower the energy use by your fridge and other household appliances, the less energy you will need from the power plants, which means they will emit less carbon dioxide. Most buildings and households run on electricity provided by power plants that emit carbon dioxide and other emissions by the metric ton. Energy efficient appliances will need less energy and consequently cut down on these emissions considerably.

Are the energy standards at par with advances in technology?

This is a valid concern since both have to be at the same level. Well, it is the standards that spur the advances. The standards are revised every few years and the products evolve to match or even surpass them.