Going Green With Energy Efficient Appliances

Going Green With Energy Efficient Appliances
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    Green living has become such a mainstream concept as the public has become increasingly educated on the importance of renewable energy, non-renewable resources, and the overall impact that environmentally friendly choices has on the health of people, animals, and plants.

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There are the very basic green choices that are present in most public spaces such as high speed hand air dryers in public restrooms, chain grocery store clerks asking if customers have brought their own bags, and the energy saving light bulbs that have actually phased out traditional incandescent light bulbs. All of these are a great step in the right direction, but are merely the tip of the iceberg in green living.

Energy Saving Appliances

The appliance industry has been quick to realize that green living will only continue to grow, and has a variety of gadgets and devices to make almost any activity more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. To begin with the major home appliances refrigerators, washers, and dryers are typically the three using up the most energy. Luckily, Energy Star ratings are a government backed program which helps to make energy efficiency easy to determine when comparing products.

Not only do new greener washing machines use less water, front loading washers use less energy and electricity due to a more efficient design. Combine these greener models with the overall green living tips of washing with cold water, using a clothes line on sunny days, and regularly emptying the lint trap on the dryer. Dryers with a moisture sensor are most energy efficient as they do not continue drying for a set amount of time, but stop when no more moisture is detected.

Energy Star Appliances

Energy Star refrigerators are another great investment as this appliance is always on, working every minute of every day. Greener models of refrigerators make use of technology such as LED lights and alarms when the door is open too long, a great feature for families with young children who may need a reminder that fridge has been open too long. Some models use materials such as stainless steel to make for better energy conduction. Buying an Energy Star-rated refrigerator guarantees a significant energy savings, but those savings can be maximized by opting for a model with the freezer on top and no ice makers or dispensers.

These are the three appliances with the greatest opportunity for energy savings and green living, but the choices do not stop there.

Green living includes the materials a product is made up as well as the way it uses energy, so keep in mind that recycled material or renewable resources such as bamboo are great options when faced with a multitude of options. Saving energy and water are the two main ideas behind green living appliances for the home. The bathroom is thus the next logical place to add in some green appliances.

Going Green

Going green in the bathroom can be as simple as limiting water waste with inexpensive low-flow showerheads, sinks, and toilets. An older model toilet can be adjusted to use less water by adjusting the water height in the toilet tank, an easily accomplished DIY project. However, those already employing these eco-friendly appliances and looking for a way to further their green lifestyle can consider the composting toilet.

Composting toilets use very little to no water and put the waste to work as compost material. A tank less water heater is another great appliance for green living which will increase energy savings in the bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen.

Home Efficiency

Seeing the effects of energy efficient products and green appliances is easily done with the free GreenSaver app. This smartphone app measures the energy usage of products, and shows the cost of that usage. It also compares different products to help homeowners understand the best option, while showing how much energy is being saved in using the standby mode. Employing this app or making use of the energy audits that many energy companies are now offering to customers allows homeowners to better understand their energy usage, and how they can adjust to live a greener life.

Author Information

Rhonda Dinn is a digital content developer for www.touchfreeconcepts.com.  She is focused on improving the health of people with hands free products in both the home and in the workplace.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".