Whether it’s for environmental concerns or to save money on the monthly electricity bill, more and more people are looking to buy efficient appliances. To meet this demand, manufacturers are striving to build highly efficient appliances for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and beyond. It may be difficult for a consumer with limited knowledge of appliances to determine what is considered energy efficient and what is not. In this post, we will explain energy efficiency in the context of appliances and talk about what consumers need to know before they make a purchase.
Not only are newer appliances more efficient, but they also tend to have more environmentally friendly assembly procedures. To use an old example, some old refrigerators and air conditioners used to use CFLs, or chlorofluorocarbons, as a coolant. However, it later became clear that these chemicals were harming the ozone layer. Thus, the government banned CFLs and a new wave of ACs and fridges appeared that use less destructive cooling agents.
Efficient appliances also tend to be better when it comes to releasing potentially dangerous pollutants. Washers tend to pass soapy and dirty water into the local ecosystem. More efficient washers don't need as much water or soap, so they mitigate this problem.
The key takeaway is that any appliance with the Energy Star logo has passed a set of standards that make it consume less electricity and other resources than otherwise. The absolute best way to begin your search for a new appliance is to narrow your selection down to only Energy Star rated products.
Here at AJ Madison, it is easy to narrow your search down to Energy Star products only. On any appliance category page, you will see a filter for Energy Star on the left side of the page, which allows you to view only products that are Energy Star rated.
The smart home is one of the newer ways to manage home appliances and other items. It involves using a central computer network to link together lighting, security, HVAC, and the rest of the house's systems together.
The homeowner can set preferences and the system will also learn the family's habits. That way, it can do things like keep the AC off for most of the day, but turn it on about 30 minutes before people start to come home at the end of the day. Typically, these have a physical central hub and they can be controlled via a smartphone app.
Last year, Energy Star determined that 66% of those who said they had a smart thermostat in their current home saw a reduction in their energy use. The biggest opportunities for efficiency are in lighting and heating. However, in order to work, these systems need smart appliances that can work with the network.
There are different brands of smart home hubs that each work with their own set of lights, thermostats, and so on. The prices on these smart appliances tend to be high, and it is not easy to find ones that work with the hub you already have. It is highly recommended you speak to a qualified salesperson to determine if a specific smart home system will be cost effective.