ENERGY SAVING AND SMART HOME APPLIANCES

Most of the energy efficient appliances on the market today may involve a higher initial investment than their less efficient counterparts but that often has more to do with them being premium products and made with higher quality materials. For example, the cost of a new appliance such as a refrigerator has more to do with the size of the unit than its energy efficiency.

When searching for the right home appliances, usually homeowners will more likely compare the products offered on the market and consider  factors such as price, cost and physical appearance. Sometimes energy consumers find energy efficient products much more appealing.

Choosing an energy efficient appliance for your home can lead to hundreds of dollars saved per year – as well as great energy performance. 

Nowadays, we all have a busy schedule, between work, school, the kids and a million other things, having Smart appliances in your home, will allow you to make daily tasks happen “in the background” while you get on with the more important things. As this technology becomes more accessible, and more affordable, your home could become more energy efficient, safer, and much sleeker.

When purchasing appliances, you want a machine that works hard, is long-lasting and fits within your budget. 

Energy-efficient appliances are often touted as a better value because they help consumers save energy – which also saves money. But how much can you really save? Is it really worth it to purchase an energy-efficient appliance?  “Energy Star appliances will save you 10% to 50% of the energy required,

 

An appliance with an Energy Star label has been certified to save energy, money, and the environment. Many brands offer appliances that meet the Energy Star criteria, such as Samsung, GE, and LG, as well as Miele, Hotpoint, Blomberg, Beko, Insignia, Marathon, Daewoo, and Crosley.

You’ve probably read many times that using a ceiling fan in a room saves energy and money. The wind chill effect fans create mean most people can raise the temperature on their air conditioner by 4 degrees without noticing any difference in their comfort level. This saves almost 10 percent on summer electricity bills, according to PPL Electric Utilities. There are several features to look for when buying ceiling fans. Read on to learn how to find your perfect cooling device.

Ceiling fans with the ENERGY STAR seal are usually about 20 percent more efficient than other ceiling fans. Models that include a light are generally 60 percent more efficient than other ceiling fan/light combinations. Also look at the watts of electricity needed to run the fan. Average is about 70 watts, so anything less is more efficient.

One of the first things you notice when shopping for ceiling fans is that they’re sorted by . This refers to the diameter of the circle the rotating blades make. The bigger the room, the bigger the fan you want. But how do you determine the best for your room? Many manufacturing sites offer charts to help you match the square footage of a room to the right diameter. In general, try these suggestions:

  • Small room, such as a bathroom or laundry room, less than 80 sq. ft.: 24-42″ blade span

  • Medium room, such as a guest bedroom or office, 100-150 sq. ft.: 44-50″ blade span

  • Standard room, such as a bedroom or living room, 150-300 sq. ft.: 52-60″ blade span

  • Large room, such as a great room, 300 sq. ft. or more: 62″ blade span