Energy Efficient Appliances: A Comprehensive List of Benefits
Are you looking to replace your old appliances with more modern, energy-efficient models? You may have a trusted fridge or washing machine that is old but designed to last for 30 years or more. It may be hard to get rid of these appliances since they are still in good working order, however, chances are they have become energy guzzlers and no longer fit the new trend towards using energy efficiency in homes for a greener environment.
However, how do you know which appliance brands in Australia are the most energy efficient? You can save hundreds of dollars on your energy bill every year by investing in energy-efficient appliances. Here is a list of some of the most energy-efficient products available to help you make a more informed decision when shopping for new appliances.
Things to Consider Before Buying Energy-Efficient Appliances?
If you are looking to save on your power bill you should consider the cost of running each appliance. Since these running costs can add up quickly it pays to check how much power is likely to be used by checking the energy rating labels and using a power meter to check the amount of power an appliance uses when running.
Refrigerators are one of the most expensive appliances to buy and consume energy 24 hours per day. When buying a refrigerator it is important to look for a model that will save the most power.
While a huge television set is nice to have, screen size, brightness, and technology all contribute to the amount of energy used.
Other factors to consider are the price, size, and appearance of the appliance especially if it needs to fit into existing kitchen or living room decor. When it comes to price and running costs the right energy-efficient appliances with excellent performance capabilities can recuperate their costs in a short period of time.
Benefits of Energy Efficient Appliances?
Energy bills account for a large proportion of monthly expenditure for the average Australian household. Furthermore, because of serious environmental issues, the government urges homeowners to change to energy-saving practices, including energy-efficient appliances. Many appliance manufacturers have responded by coming up with more energy-efficient appliances that are also affordable.
How is Energy Efficiency Verified?
The Energy Star Rating is the only government-backed standard for rating the energy efficiency of products and appliances. A product is required to pass the EPA energy efficiency rating to become Energy Star certified. It is estimated that Energy Star-certified homes are on average 10% more energy efficient in comparison to average households. Energy Star ranks appliances annually based on their efficiency. The criteria rankings earned are strictly based on energy efficiency and performance.
Before purchasing an appliance you should check whether it has an Energy Star symbol that shows it has been rated as energy efficient. Energy efficient appliances are designed to utilise the lowest amount of energy while in use. Some appliances utilise renewable energy sources like solar power and water to maximise the lowest energy required to function normally.
Some examples of energy-efficient appliances include:
- Solar water heaters
- Water heaters
- Energy-saving light bulbs
These appliances are designed to operate under the lowest energy and temperature settings to sustain their operations.
List of Energy Efficient Appliances
Some of the most energy-efficient appliances available in Australia include:
The most efficient Energy Star-rated dishwashers of the 202 offered included 8 brands of which Miele was the most dominant according to the improved standards for dishwashers by the EPA, especially as it pertains to the standards for minimum cleaning performance.
The main factors determining the energy efficiency of dehumidifiers are the capacity to dehumidify an entire home and portability. There are currently 4 Energy Star-approved humidifier brands on the market with the Frigedaire FAD504DWD taking the highest accolades as it covers up to 1,400 sq. ft and is highly portable.
According to EPA standards, AirEase A97USMV is the most energy-efficient furnace with annual energy use of 299 kWh. This is more than 20% less than an average furnace. Its power generating capacity can convert 97% of fuel to usable heat and automatically adjusts its efficiency to external weather conditions to keep temperatures consistent.
The three most energy-efficient air conditioners on the market are all manufactured by Midea. With an annual energy usage of 600 kWh, it has a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU/hr to cool any room quickly and efficiently. It is also one of the quietest air conditioners on the market.
Beko and Bloomberg offer the most energy-efficient standard refrigerators on the market compared to other energy-efficient models on the market based on EPA criteria.
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