Buying eco-friendly appliances can be more expensive than the usual appliances you have at home, but in the long run, buying eco-friendly models can help you save because those appliances are more energy-efficient and also helps the environment.
Switching to green practices at home starts with replacing your appliances, the old home appliances models tend to consume more energy and has hazardous materials that can harm the environment. Modern appliances nowadays have improved technology that lessens the consumption of electricity.
Below is a list of home appliances that you should replace with the Eco-friendly ones.
It is one of the most useful home appliances that is used all year round. Thus, it consumes the most electricity.
When buying a new refrigerator consider the type of coolant used – CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) and HFCs (Hydrofluorocarbons) are both harmful for the ozone layer but HFC has shorter atmospheric lifetime and deliver less reactive chlorine than the CFC.
The smaller refrigerators also consume less energy than the larger ones, so it is more advisable to buy a small one. Refrigerators with automatic ice makers are also an energy monster because it uses up to 20% more electricity.
These days, there are a lot of manufacturing companies that focus more on producing eco-friendly washing machines that cut down consumption of detergent, energy and water. Horizontal axis washing machines are trendy nowadays, these machines are more energy efficient and water efficient than top loading machines.
Different brands use new technology on their washing machine products, some top loaders can be water efficient too with the smart features installed. Using a dryer for your clothes contributes to energy consumption too, even though smart dryers exists. You might want to consider drying your clothes in the sun to save more energy.
TV is one of the appliances at home that people use on a daily basis. LCD screened TV replaces the old CRT televisions, it is more energy efficient because it uses only one backlight to produce images on screen unlike the CRT or Cathode-ray Tube.
The most energy efficient choice for a TV is to purchase a screen that is less than the 42-inch LCD Screen because a bigger screen does not help you save and will just consume more energy.
Some electronic brands also use smart ways to lessen energy consumption of their product. LED (light-emitting diode) and OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs are also energy efficient TVs and might probably be trending in the future.
No matter what appliances you look for, make sure that you ask how many kilowatts per hour the appliances consume. Make sure you know how to properly clean the appliance too and recycle the old ones that you replaced.
Never hesitate to switch to smart brands and new technology just because it is expensive, often times the more expensive the appliance is, the more energy efficient they are.