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How Do I Check That My Appliances Are Energy Efficient?

Jul 8, 2008
Today in the home there are countless electrical appliances all designed to make tasks in life easier and to provide heat, refrigeration and conditioned air which feels fresh and clean. Such appliances all run on electricity and in the majority of homes there will be several appliances all running at the same, all using electricity at different rates. Few people know how much electricity it takes to run each appliance, and few people spend time thinking about this, yet want to lower their fuel bills.

As the cost of electricity continues to go up more and more people are looking to ways in which they can save electricity and money. One of the best ways in which you can do this is by making sure that all your appliances are energy efficient. When it is time to replace your air conditioner for instance make sure that you get the most energy efficient unit that you can. If you are unsure about what to look for when buying appliances here are some things to bear in mind.

Make sure that you buy an appliance that will fit comfortably into your home. This might sound like common sense, but many buyers fail to think about the size of the room when buying appliances such as refrigerators. Buying a refrigerator that is too big for your needs not only takes up too much space but it will also be inefficient as it will run without being filled correctly. Your local HVAC technician can measure your home or business and ensure that you have the best, most efficient air conditioning unit for your needs.

When buying a new appliance consider buying a slightly more expensive and efficient brand as this will give you savings long term. If you do not have the money to do this why not ask about any incentive programs that might be running in your area to enable people to buy more energy efficient appliances.

Fully read the Energy Guide label. This is a black and yellow label that should be stuck to all new appliances and gives information on the estimated energy usage for one year for the appliance. You will then be able to compare and contrast all the different brands and models of appliances to make sure you choose the most energy efficient for your needs.

Does the appliance have the Energy Star logo on it? If it does you are already on the way to buying an appliance that is more energy efficient than one without it. All appliances that are more efficient that the minimum set by the government should have the Energy Star logo on them.

If you are looking to make sure that all the appliances in your home are energy efficient make sure that you use a reputable supplier for items such as your air conditioner, heating and refrigeration units. Your local HVAC technician can provide a full service from buying through to installation of your new energy efficient appliance.
About the Author
Giant Mechanical is a leading Chicago area company that provides Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and a variety of other services. Find out how Giant Mechanical can help you with your commercial, residential, or institutional needs by visiting http://www.giantmechanical.com.
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