It has already been proven that the powerful electromagnetic fields formed aroundolder electrical appliances affect the health of those who are frequently exposed to them. This fact alone should be enough reason for anyone to upgrade from old appliances to new. According to EPA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an appliance is considered obsolete when it consumes twice the energy of a similar new appliance. The more energy an appliance “draws” from the local distributing network, the greater the risk for a network overload, especially during peak hours, which can then result in an interruption with the provider due to an excess in demand.
The Energy Efficiency Council (CEE) which began in 1997 with the support from EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy launched the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) and the initiative called Super Efficient Home Appliances (SEHA). These appliances can be recognized with the label of
“Energy Star”, which lists the level of energy used by each appliance. The CEE establishes the criteria for an appliance to be considered efficient. Based upon their criteria the council singularly determines what is considered old or obsolete among appliances. Gas, local electric, and appliance companies offer help to those interested in upgrading their appliances. Take advantage of those free opportunities to educate yourself prior to modernizing your home by choosing energy efficient appliances.
·REFRIGERATORS– Since refrigerators remain on 24- 7, they become the most important electrical appliance in a house in terms of the energy consumption. Comparable to 2001 NAECA standards, today refrigerators are from 5% up to 63% more economical. Models considered Energy Star compliant, provide 20% or more in energy savings than their manufactured year
NAECA standard. When remodeling your kitchen, replacing old appliances is a must. Choose your refrigeration appliance according to your actual needs. Numerous models in different sizes and capacities are on the market to meet different demands and avoid the need of extra appliances inside your home. If you are not ready to get a new refrigerator yet, reduce the electric energy you are using now, regulating the thermostat to about 40° Fahrenheit and cleaning the dust off the condenser at least twice a year.
·RANGES – Cooking style, fuel, appliance configuration (e.g. sealed or open burners), are factors to consider when determining the energy consumed by the range. Gas ranges are more economical than electric ones; and induction systems spend less than regular electrical ranges, as per a study done by the US Department of Energy. While the Federal Trade Commission does not require Energy Star labels on stove ranges and ovens, taking these factors into consideration will save you energy and money in your kitchen remodeling.
·DISHWASHERS – Modern dishwashers are both economical in water and energy consumption. Compact models are a good option for small families, avoiding excessive waste of natural resources. The machines will save much more water than if you washed your dishes by hand. To get the most efficiency from your dishwasher and save money, always run it “fully loaded” and on the appropriate cycle setting. Saving Money later is worth the initial investment when you have your kitchen remodeled.
·WASHERS and DRYERS – Front load washers are more efficient; reduce wear and tear on your clothes; consume up to 72% less electric energy and from 40% up to 76% less water than top loading models. Dryers have not changed much over the last decade, but choosing a machine with moisture sensor will reduce the energy use. Increase the productivity of your appliance by setting specific laundry days and washing all different types of clothing in sequence. This will prevent the machine from cooling completely in between uses. Choosing warm water instead of hot and cold water instead of warm will reduce the energy used to do your laundry. Another tip, use the correct size load; small loads or over-sized ones, reduce your machine productivity and increase energy use.
These are the most important and high-energy consuming appliances; by replacing them with energy efficient appliances, you save energy, money and the planet.