If you are looking to buy an appliance you should look for one that is good at conserving energy. One of the limitations of these energy conserving appliances is that they may cost more than a less energy efficient appliance. However, you should know that an energy conserving appliance will save you more money in the long term since it will use much less energy than a non-energy conserving appliance. You should therefore buy the most energy efficient appliance that you can afford. Some home appliances use a lot of energy in the home.
Most well-known companies offer energy star rated models of the common household appliances. This means you can look at models made by such well-known companies as Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Bosch, and GE; and compare the energy efficiency ratings and the prices and features.
The most energy efficient washing machines are those that are front loading rather than top loading. The top energy conserving washing machines will also have an energy star rating and a low Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF). The lower the IMEF value is the more energy efficient the washing machine is. You can also find washing machines that are water efficient, so you could look for a machine that is both energy and water efficient; in other words, a machine that uses both low energy and less water.
You should also look for an energy star rated dryer to buy. You can compare different models and brands to see which has the best rating in terms of energy. Also ensure that you clean the lint filter often when using your dryer to reduce energy use.
There are many energy efficient models of dishwasher that are available today. You can select a decent quality yet not overly expensive dishwasher such as Frigidaire brand that will save you in the long term. You not only want something that is energy efficient but also an appliance that will last you a while as well.
The best refrigerator to choose today to save on energy is an 18 cubic foot Energy star top-freezer refrigerator. These refrigerators will be 30 to 40% more energy efficient than the older types of refrigerators. Having an energy efficient refrigerator is extremely important because unlike a washer and dryer, the refrigerator must stay on at all times. You can buy a side-by-side refrigerator model that is fairly energy efficient, but it will tend to use more energy than a top-freezer model uses. Keep in mind that a refrigerator with an ice maker in the door, and a large size refrigerator will use more energy than a refrigerator without an ice maker and that is smaller in size.
A person needs to think carefully when choosing a new appliance today. You should not only consider the size of the machine you are buying, but also the level of energy efficiency of the machine. A larger machine is less energy efficient generally than a smaller machine. Consider also how much money and energy you will save over the long term by buying a certain machine.