Because of the escalating cost of energy today, energy efficient appliances and products have become the number one choice for homeowners and businesses. From washers, dryers, refrigerator, and freezers, to televisions, air conditioners, heaters, fans, office equipment, and more, energy efficient technology make it possible for home and business owners to conserve valuable energy resources in order to save money, reduce your home budget and electricity bill, and help the environment. The following are examples of four such products that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating for their energy conserving efforts.
1. Refrigerator and Freezers
Due to advanced improvements in refrigerator compressors and insulation, today’s contemporary designs utilize much less energy than their former counterparts. Homeowners who invest in an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator or freezer can save up to 15% on their energy consumption. Taking into consideration a 10-12 year refrigerator lifespan, your ENERGY STAR appliance could save you from $200 to $1,000 over the life of the product, which means your home budget will love not replacing appliances all the time.
Currently, there are about 170 million models of refrigerator/freezers in use within the U.S. alone; about one third of these are 10 years of age or older. Older appliances consume much more energy, which makes them more expensive to use in your home and creates a negative impact on the environment. Modern energy-efficient refrigerators and freezers provide greater variety in features, size, color, and style at reduced operating costs. At the same time, you become an active participant in reducing energy consumption and sustaining the environment. ENERGY STAR refrigerator/freezers can be purchased at reasonable costs from top manufacturers such as Frigidaire, Blomberg, LG, Liebhen, Kenmore and more.
2. Air Conditioning and Heating Systems
Heating/cooling costs can cost the average homeowner up to $1,000 a year – for some households, this amount is nearly half of their entire energy bill. When you invest in an energy-efficient air conditioner or heater, it helps cut your costs by up to 30%. If your AC unit is over 12 years of age, it pays to upgrade to an ENERGY STAR rated product that can help you save money. ENERGY STAR products and appliances are required to meet stringent EPA guidelines for energy efficiency. In the case of AC units, they have much higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings than their conventional counterparts. By meeting these requirements, energy saving air conditioning and heating systems maximize your energy usage while reducing carbon pollution to protect the environment.
Energy efficient air conditioners and heating systems were designed to save you money without compromising on performance. With an ENERGY STAR air conditioner and heating system, you can continue to enjoy a relaxing, comfortable home environment all year round along with great savings on your electricity bill. You can purchase this equipment from such leading manufacturers as Broan, Bryant, Carrier, and Coleman, just to name a few.
3. Ventilation Fans
Ventilation fans have much to contribute towards improving the ambiance of a home or small business environment. Enhanced blade designs and improved motors make ENERGY STAR ventilation fans more efficient to use, giving them an edge over their competitors. These features also help to improve the fans’ level of performance. Energy-saving ventilation fans with lighting and humidity features are also available within the ENERGY STAR package. With good ventilation, you can eliminate such problems as excess moisture or odor buildup in your home.
In addition to providing excellent service, ENERGY STAR ventilation fans can contribute to home décor, adding that final classy touch to your home. In hotels, energy efficient ventilation fans that run continuously within the bathrooms can save hotel owners as much as $75 annually. There are many makes and models of ENERGY STAR ventilation fans to choose from, including such brands as NuTone, Broan, Hoover, Delta Breez Greene Builder, and Panasonic Whisper Green.
Taking into consideration the high rate of television viewing in the U.S. today, it only makes sense to invest in an energy saving product. This is especially important if you have more than one TV in your household. Today’s consumers are investing in larger televisions with screens of 40 inches or more in size. Naturally, these larger screened sets consume more energy. When you purchase ENERGY STAR models, you can help reduce the cost of your TV viewing as you enjoy their advanced features and modern conveniences.
On average, contemporary ENERGY STAR TVs consume 25% less energy than their conventional counterparts. You can find ENERGY STAR televisions in all makes and models to include LED and LCD flat screen TVs and those equipped for 3D and Internet connectivity. Using energy-efficient televisions in conjunction with other energy-saving home entertainment equipment can shave off as much as $200 off your electricity bill over the lifespan of these products.
Your investment in this type of home entertainment equipment lets you enjoy the best that modern energy efficient technology has to offer at a fraction of the operating cost. You can purchase top of the line ENERGYSTAR televisions from such qualified manufacturers as LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Vizio and TCL.
These are but a few of the many energy saving appliances and products available on the market today that can help save you money on your monthly electricity bill. The more you learn about energy efficiency, the more you can contribute to reducing our day-to-day impact upon the environment.
Energy Star Logo on Room Air Conditioner image courtesy of 3tonairconditioner.net and AC Home X.
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