Remodeling Tips and Reviews

Green Appliances

One of the top concerns in the expense of making a house green is converting all the appliances to green standards.  How does one go about this?  Is it expensive?  Both are great questions, but really the money you save in the long run on energy bills will make up for the slightly higher cost of the green appliances.

Deciding which Appliances are green?

Green Applainces, Energy Star Appliances

To determine if an appliance is green one must look for the “Energy Star label that is placed on those appliances that are rated as energy-efficient for your house.  Energy Star status for appliances and electronics means that those appliances are more efficient and as a result will use less energy. This will save on the home’s annual electric bill and of course the pollution that is generated by electricity.

Energy Star appliances started being made in 1993. Any appliance made before 1993

was not very efficient, but with technology, efficiencies have improved each year.  These improvements are most noticeable in larger appliances like refrigerators and washer machines. Studies have shown that a Energy Star refrigerator is 99% more efficient than that of an older non Energy Star unit made in 1980.

Cost of Going Green

Going green can be expensive initially. Most Energy Star appliances cost several hundreds more than their non energy star comparisons. But with the long term savings in your electric bill it’s well worth the extra cost. Of course the biggest benefit is that Green

appliances help out the environment by consuming less electricity and is a great way to help convert an older house into a green home. You will see that it’s really a very simple decision, go green today!

Largest Electric Consuming Appliances:

1) HVAC Air Conditioning System

Climate control is what makes a house a home. While no one wants to freeze or sweat in their own home there are ways to reduce this cost. A homes HVAC system represent around 50% of the average household’s annual electrical and gas consumption for a whopping total of $1,175.

Simply programming the thermostat when you are away or asleep so that the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard you can save $180 annually or more. By reducing the temperature by just two degrees in the winter and summer can save a bundle.

2) Water Heater

A standard tank water heater runs constantly to provide hot water for your homes showers, laundry and many other things.All that heating runs an average annual tab of $305.50 for the average household.

We recommend upgrading your stodgy old tank to a tankless water heater. This will dramatically reduce your gas or electric consumption for heating hot water. We have noticed a savings of $20 a month since installing ours 3 years ago. That has more than offset the cost of the unit and the savings will continue for many more years.

If you can’t afford to install a new tankless hot water heater then dial down the heater’s temperature to 120 degrees from the standard 140 degrees Lowering the temperature 20 degrees reduces your annual bill by 6% to 10%, or $18 to $30.

3)Energy Star Refrigerator

A typical fridge accounts for 5% of your annual energy bill. That amounts to $120 for the average household, An older model can be twice that amount. Think about that old outdated fridge in the garage. Make sure the refrigerator you purchase is Energy Star Rated.

4) Clothes Dryer

Dryers are about as efficient as an oven. Make sure you buy one that has a moisture sensor and shuts off when your clothes are dry, rather than when the cycle is over.