Energy Star rated appliances are an amazing way to make your home energy efficient. From light bulbs to washing machines, they can help you use energy wisely at home. Even some windows are energy star rated for their efficiency.
What makes a product Energy Star rated? It uses less energy than its standard counterpart. Energy Star rated products meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the Department of Energy. For example, energy star refrigerators are about 15% more efficient than their non-rated counterparts.
Here are some appliances you should replace with energy star rated ones if you haven’t already.
When it comes to washing your clothes there is not only water usage to be concerned about but electricity as well. Select models of the LG, Samsung and Kenmore washers are in the top-rated energy star washers on the market. They boast an annual energy usage from 75 to 135 kWh per year. With an annual water use of 3776 to 4220 gallons per year for a washer between 4.2 to 5.0 cubic feet.
When it comes to drying clothes post wash, energy usage is an important factor as well as drum capacity. You want to invest in something with a decent energy usage. And you also want to make sure you’re not buying something too big, because the bigger it is the more energy it uses. On the other hand the smaller the drum capacity the less energy used but it might actually end up using more energy when overfilled. Stuffing your dryer makes it work harder to get all your clothes dry. When purchasing a dryer consider the drum capacity as well as the energy use.
Select models of Blomberg, Beko, and Asko have been rated by energy star to be the most efficient of 2018. They have an estimated annual energy usage between 149 to 189kWh. Drum capacity for these dryers range from 3.9 to 4.1 cubic feet.
Running the dishwasher uses up a lot of water and electricity when not done efficiently. No matter the type of dishwasher you have, it is advised that you try running your dishwasher only when it’s on a full load. The less often you run it the less water you’re using.
Select models of Asko, Beko, Blomberg, Miele, and Samsung brand dishwashers have listed as the top Energy Star rated washers of 2018. Energy use for these washers ranges between 199 to 239 KWh per year. As well as water usage ranging from 2.4 to 3.2 gallons per cycle. No matter the type of dishwasher you have, it is advised that you try running your dishwasher only when it’s on a full load. The less often you run it the less water you’re using.