Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy Efficient AppliancesWith rising energy costs, the necessity of outfitting a new home or office with energy efficient equipment is more important than ever. With an ever growing number of products available, consumers must be conscious of making the right decision.

The most important characteristic to look for in a new appliance is the Energy Star rating. The Energy Star rating is an international standard awarded when an electrical device meets or exceeds certain predetermined characteristics. Generally, this means that the device exceeds a 20-30% power savings compared to industry standards.

How does a device earn the Energy Star rating? Power optimization is the fastest growing specialty in engineering. The drive to do more with less occupies scientists and engineers around the world. For example, high efficiency washing machines use sensors to detect how heavily the washing drum is loaded in order to determine exactly how much water to use. Less water requires less heating which uses less electricity. These characteristics are rated according to federal standards.

Whenever looking for replacement equipment for your home or office, make sure that you look at the Energy Guide tag. This tag will contain a substantial amount of data. The most useful information is the estimated energy use per year. This is given of units of kilowatt-hours. This lets us know that the machine will use a certain number of kilowatts of electricity every hour that it operates. The power company charges a certain amount per kilowatt used per client. A cost conscious consumer can use the estimated number of kilowatt-hours per year to calculate the cost per year of the appliance per year using their local rates. At the time of this writing, the average cost per kilowatt-hour was 11.72 cents in America. If your refrigerator was rated to consume 600 KW-hr per year, you could expect to spend $70.32 on power each year.

Another excellent way to reduce household power consumption is by switching from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. Incandescent bulbs convert approximately 80% of the power used directly to heat instead of light. Incandescent bulbs actually produce light by heating a tungsten filament until it glows. This is both very inefficient and a drain on your wallet. By switching to a CFL, you can generally get the same performance as an 80 watt light bulb for as low as 20 watts. If you opt for the more expensive LED bulb, the same performance may only require 10 watts. Lighting generally accounts for 50% of a house’s electrical costs. By reducing your lighting bill by switching to energy efficient bulbs, your electricity bill can be nearly halved.

Hopefully this article has been enlightening on the subject of saving money through reducing your electricity bill. If there are any questions, feel free to contact us for more information.

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