A green home is something that every homeowner should strive for as it creates a great environmentally friendly atmosphere. In addition, with environmentally friendly appliances running in your home, you will also save money on your electricity bill because they will operate more efficiently and on less power. This is especially important during the summer and winter, when the temperatures can become extreme and everyone is over-using their air conditioner or heater. In order for an appliance to be considered eco-friendly, it must have the Energy Star stamp of approval on it as well as a rating. Less energy consumption means that fewer pollutants will enter the air and less water will be used. This is so important as around 90 percent of the electricity used in the United States comes from non-renewable sources. If you want to go green in your home, you should look at certain great appliances.
Your air conditioner is one of the most essential appliances and it should always be environmentally friendly. To be eco-friendly, your unit should be designated as an Energy Saver device and the right size for the room in which you are using it. Always measure the amount of BTUs versus the size of the room as using a unit that is too small in a large room will be ineffective at cooling it and using one that is too big for a small room will waste energy as well.
Refrigerators consume a great deal of power in the home. However, over the years, these appliances have been made more energy efficient in their design. Essentially, a fridge that includes a freezer compartment above instead of a side-by-side fridge/freezer is more environmentally friendly. Those with a manual defrost feature also consume up to 50 percent less electricity. Avoid those that include automatic ice makers as those use more energy.
Dishwashers are surprisingly energy efficient home appliances. The newest models tend to use far less water per load, making them even more environmentally friendly than washing your dishes by hand. This is made possible thanks to a special sensor technology that limits the amount of water used.
Today, washing machines uses about 50 percent less water than older models. This allows you to conserve water and save money on your utility bill. Generally, a top loader style washing machine is not the best choice when you want to be environmentally friendly. Opt for a high speed horizontal axis washer.
Water heaters are essential appliances in the home, but the older varieties consume far more energy. While there have been improvements in their efficiency over the years, you can only save up to 15 percent, but a great way to go economically friendly with your water heater is to use less hot water. This will lower your utility bill and conserve more energy simultaneously.
When updating to more ecofriendly appliances, electrical considerations must be made as well. J Five Electricians in Dallas provide residential and commercial electrical services to the metroplex. Photo by Kevin Dooley