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Energy Efficient Home Appliances

Dec 20, 2007
The occupants of homes that are equipped with older models of home appliances will be well aware of how way they operate. The home appliances are equipped with cooling systems that rattle throughout the night and make humming sounds each time the fan turns on. Some sources of light might dim in the process, which gives the homeowner the idea that some of the appliances in the home are causing a drain on electrical power.

The fan motor inside many home appliances is usually the prime culprit behind the ever-increasing household power bills. The drain on power occurs because the older motor are designed to kick on every the interior of the appliances reaches a certain temperature. With continual use throughout the day, it is quite possible for the fan to run continuously if the door is left open for any length of time. This repetitious cooling is natural but the design of these home appliances make them less affordable to operate.

When homeowners are hit with power bills that show high-energy consumption, they will reevaluate their methods of cooking and schedule household tasks for various parts of the day. The homeowners will do everything in their power to reduce the power bills and when they find that they can do no more, then will take another route that they had tried to avoid. Eventually, they will pinpoint the cause of the power drains and high electrical bills to the home appliances that were in the home when they purchased it many years ago.

This is the point where homeowners knuckle under to the inevitable and they resign themselves to making plans to buy new appliances. The first thought that they will have is to find home appliances that have the features they want and one of those features will be that the home appliance has been assigned high-energy savings rating. Modern appliances are equipped with product labels that denote the energy rating and cost per hour for use. Some of these energy savers are Energy Star but some home appliances ratings will not be low enough for this labeling.

The Environmental Protection Agency initiated the Energy Star symbol to denote home appliances that are energy efficient models. These home appliances are also good for the environment because they have been thoroughly tested for any emissions that might contribute to global warming. All household appliances that bear this rating have passed tests and been awarded with a low energy consumption rating. This award is hard to earn and homeowners put great value in choosing home appliances that bear this emblem.

Other markings that homeowners might find on home appliances will indicate that the appliance is energy efficient. The homeowner must make a decision on whether the cost of the appliance is more important than the energy savings that will be realized when they install the unit in the home. Some budget standards will not allow homeowners to buy all home appliances with Energy Star ratings, but some could be on sale, which would make them more affordable.
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