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Buying Guide - Energy Efficient Appliances PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 June 2010 11:10
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You'll buy a new refrigerator, and you're on a budget. Best Buy is the refrigerator with the lowest price of sale, right? Not necessarily. If you buy the cheaper the refrigerator, you may end up spending more than if you buy more expensive. Why? The cost of owning a home appliance has three components: the initial purchase price, the cost of repairs and maintenance, and the cost to operate.

To find out how much you spend over the lifetime of the device, you must consider all these costs. The unit with the purchase price and low initial, or even one who has the best record of the repair is not necessarily one that costs the least expensive to exploit. Here is an example of how the energy consumption of a device may affect your fresh outside of the pocket.

Suppose you're in the market for a new refrigerator-freezer. Different models of refrigerators with the same capacity can vary dramatically in how much electricity they use. For one popular size and configuration, for example, annual consumption of electricity varies in models from a low of about 600 kilowatt-hours per year to reach a peak of more than 800 kilowatt-hours per year . On the basis of national price of electricity on average, this means that the annual cost to operate this refrigerator can range from about $ 50 to $ 70, depending on the model you buy. A difference of $ 20 in annual operating costs may not seem like much, but remember that you will enjoy these savings year after year for the life of the device, while you must pay the difference in price purchase only once. Therefore, you can save money by buying the most expensive, higher efficiency model.

You can learn more about the energy efficiency of a device that you're thinking of buying through the yellow label and black EnergyGuide poster. The Federal Trade Commission's Appliance labeling rule requires that manufacturers of devices to these labels:

* Refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers
* Water heaters, furnaces, boilers
* Central air conditioners, air conditioners, heat pumps
* Pool Heater

When shopping for these appliances in the showroom of a dealership, you should find the labels attached to the inside of a unit or attached to the outside. The law requires that labels specify:

* The capacity of the particular model
* For refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers and water heaters, the estimated annual energy consumption model
* For air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, boilers and pool heaters, the energy efficiency rating
* The range of estimated annual energy consumption or energy efficiency ratings, of comparable devices.

Some devices can also display the Energy Star logo, which means that the device is much more energy efficient than the comparable average. For more information on the Energy Star program, administered by the Ministry of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, visit the Web site at Energy Star.

For an agreement on energy-smart on your device near ...

* Read the label EnergyGuide.
* Compare the energy use of competing models.
* Estimate the differences in their energy costs.
* Consider the purchase price and the use of Energy estimates that in deciding which brand and model to buy.

Why should I care about energy efficiency?

Energy efficiency is a device, it costs less to operate, and lower your electricity bill. Using less energy is good for the environment, as it can reduce air pollution and contribute to the conservation of natural resources.

Not all devices must be energy efficient?

All major appliances must meet energy conservation standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy. Is the law. But many aircraft fly the standard energy consumption much less and are less expensive to run.

What makes a device better than another?

Most differences are inside - in the motors, compressors, pumps, valves, gaskets and seals, or electronic sensors that make appliances "smarter." Although both models are similar from the outside, less obvious inside features can mean a big difference in your monthly utility bills.

How can I be sure energy efficiency claims are not just sales hype?

Manufacturers must use standard test procedures developed by the Department of Energy to prove the energy use and efficiency of their products. Many of these tests conducted by independent laboratories. The test results are printed on labels EnergyGuide, which manufacturers are required to put on a great number of their devices.

What is the purpose of EnergyGuide labels?

EnergyGuide labels help you compare the efficiency or energy consumption annual competitive brands and similar models. Look for labels on clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators / freezers, air conditioners, water heaters, pool heaters and home heating and central cooling. If you do not see a label EnergyGuide, ask a seller for information.

Shopping strategy

1. Select the size and style. Measure the space will occupy the aircraft to be sure of your new purchase will be good. Make sure you have enough room to open the door or lid fully and enough clearance for ventilation. This can help you narrow your choices that you install on the best capacity and style.
2. Knowing where to shop. outlets, appliances, electronic and local retailers perform different brands and models. Dealers also sell appliances through print catalogs and online.
3. Compare the performance of different brands and models. Ask to see documentation of the manufacturer's product. Decide what elements are important to you. Ask questions about how the different business models: are they noisy? Which security features are they? What is the repair history? How much water they use? How energy efficient are they?
4. Estimate how many aircraft will be operating cost. The more energy an appliance uses, the more it will be the operating cost. Consult the label EnergyGuide compare the energy consumption of different models. The difference on your monthly electric bill can be significant, especially when considered over life of 10-20 years in the unit. You can save money in the long term by choosing a model that is more energy efficient, even if the purchase price is higher.
Five. Learn about special offers energy efficiency. Ask your salesperson or local utility about cash rebates, low interest loans or other incentive programs in your area for buying energy-efficient products - and how you can qualify.

Tips to reduce your monthly energy bill

Being an energy-smart means getting the maximum energy you use. How you can reduce the waste of energy without sacrificing the comfort or convenience.

* Move your refrigerator if it is near the stove, dishwasher or heat vents. Vacuum the coils every three months to eliminate dirt buildup that reduces efficiency. Check the door gaskets for air leaks. Defrost the freezer when more than one quarter inch of ice accumulates.
* Scrape but do pre-rinse dishes by hand if you have an automatic dishwasher pre-rinse or rinse at / hold cycle. Use the power saver "option available on many machines.
* Use pots that match the size of your stove burners-top. Use lids on your pots and pans so you can cook low burner.
* Match the water level and temperature of your washer to the size of your load. Do not fill the whole tub for a few small items.
* Clean filters dryers after each use or need.
* Ensure that the temperature of your water heater is set at 120 degrees. Some thermostats are preset at the factory to 140 degrees.

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