Decorating & Design

June 5, 2013

Switching To Energy-Efficient Appliances

If you want to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, look no further than your kitchen—you could be using more energy than you need.

Because household appliances—think kitchen and laundry room—use up to 14 per cent of the total energy used in the average home, it’s no surprise that efficient appliances are in high demand.

If your appliances are over a decade old, it might be time to retire them in favour of newer, more efficient models. An old refrigerator can use as much energy as four 2005-model Energy Star qualified refrigerators combined.

Not only is making the switch a good move for the environment, it’s also good for your wallet. By updating your appliances—even those from 2001—you can save over $2200 during the usable life of your appliances; expect to save a little more if your old HVAC is from as early as 1997. You can consult a helpful HVAC contractor like this Rockwall air conditioning repair or ac replacement services available in Tucson, AZ and nearby areas on what units you can install. Then, connect with air conditioning installation services to install your new unit.

If you’re debating whether or not to upgrade, try using the Energy Cost Calculator to determine how much you could save.

When you are looking for new appliances, always look for the Energy Star label to ensure you’re getting a high-efficiency machine. You may also want to try GE Kitchen Appliances for energy-efficient units.

Energy-Efficient Appliances from Whirlpool

The Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum top load laundry pair helps protect fabrics while being the industry’s most resource-efficient top-load pair (compared to other leading brand pairs, based on equal weighting of energy and water usage and using eco cycles and options).

If you usually opt for cold water cycles, the Maytag Bravos XL® high-efficiency top-loading washing machine is a great option. Its PowerWash™ system delivers the best cleaning in the industry, while the cold wash cycle protects your wallet with the energy savings of cold water. It uses 76 per cent less water and 78 per cent less energy than traditional pre-2004 top-loading washing machines.

ENERGY STAR manufacturing

Whirlpool Canada also has a wide selection of energy-efficient refrigerators and other kitchen appliances. They introduced some of the most energy-efficient refrigerators available in 2011, and have made great waves in the world of ENERGY STAR-qualified efficient appliances, earning top honours in the industry and winning the 2012 ENERGY STAR Manufacturer of the Year award