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Going Green: Save Cash and the Planet

Joanie.Demer

Taking a friendly turn for Mother Earth doesn’t have to be so expensive.

There are several ways to conserve and preserve without killing the budget—and they’re pretty close to home.

Energy Star appliances help preserve electricity and natural resources. They can also preserve cash!

The U.S. EPA launched the Energy Star program to promote energy-efficient appliances and products that would help minimize pollution. According to the EPA and US officials, qualified Energy Star appliances can save 20 – 30 percent in energy costs over one year. To get an Energy Star label, appliances must:

  • Use 10 – 66 percent less energy and/or water than standard models.
  • Meet minimum energy conservation standards set by the DOE.

A washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator can account for up to 20 percent of a household’s monthly utility bill. So aim for those appliances first when it’s time to purchase new.

Dishwashers

Brew almost 9,000 cups of coffee with the energy saved by an Energy Star dishwasher. Doing the dishes by hand uses up to 27 gallons of water. Most Energy Star dishwashers use just 5 gallons. Over the course of a year, that saves more than 4,700 gallons of water. A labeled dishwasher can save up to 10 percent in energy operating costs each year.

Refrigerators

An Energy Star refrigerator uses less energy than a 60-watt light bulb.

Washers

The water you save every year by purchasing a new ENERGY STAR washer instead of a non-ENERGY STAR machine is enough to do two year’s worth of laundry.

Full-sized ENERGY STAR washers use 14 to 25 gallons of water per load, compared to more than 40 gallons used by an average machine.

Front-loading washing machines save up to 12,584 gallons of water per year compared to a new top-loading washing machine that saves only 10,000 gallons of water per year.

Like cars, appliances have a price to take them home and then they have a price for their consumption of water/energy. If you want to know what an appliance is really going to cost you, check the yellow and black Federal Trade Commission’s Energy Guide label. These days, it’s mandatory for manufacturers to show the label on their appliances so consumers can see what they’re actually purchasing.

The label explains how much energy the appliance uses and a host of other information. Another bonus of the label is that it tells you if the appliance is Energy Star qualified.

Save even more through energy rebate programs and the federal government for purchasing qualified appliances. Learn more here.

This has been a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC
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