ENERGY EFFICIENCY – Appliances & Technology
Solar and ENERGY STAR qualified products are energy efficient products that use significantly less energy than conventional products. ENERGY STAR products come in more than 50 product categories including cordless phones, lighting, home electronics and kitchen appliances.
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Research done by Marcus from the Monument Charter School, Monument, Colorado
Here are some ideas which will Save You Money on Utility Bills and Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
ENERGY STAR® ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES
- For a typical home, appliances account for about 20% of the energy bills. That’s up to $380 per year. ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models saving you money and the environment.
- When purchasing a new appliance, remember there are two price tags: what you pay to take it home and the energy and water costs to use it. In most households, the fridge is the biggest energy consuming kitchen appliance. Replacing a refrigerator bought in 1990 (or earlier) with a new ENERGY STAR® qualified model would save enough energy to light the house for 4 months.
- By replacing your 10 year old refrigerator, dishwasher, room air conditioner and clothes washer with ENERGY STAR® labeled equipment, you could save about $180 a year. If every home in the U.S. replaced its existing appliances w/ efficient models, we’d eliminate 175 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year.
- By using energy more efficiently at home you can lower your energy bills by more than 30% (the average home in the U.S. spends $1,900 on energy a year so saving 30% is substantial).
- The best time to use major appliances such as industrial strength dishwashers, washing machine, and dryers are in the evening when demands on the power grid are the least.
TANKLESS WATER HEATERS
- Help save the ozone by lowering CO2 emissions with a tankless water heater.
- Tankless water heaters average 98% efficiency rate compared to 80% for a standard tank water heater, resulting in CO2 emission savings.
- Tankless water heaters heat water only when needed, which can save you 20% on your energy bills, unlike standard water heats that store gallons of water that needs to be constantly heated and reheated.
- NoT only will you save on energy bills and CO2 emissions, but on space as well. Tankless water heaters are small enough to fit in a small closet, in a cupboard or under a sink.
BIG SCREEN TVS
- LCD models consume much less power than plasma sets; but you should still unplug your set when it is not in use.
- A Watt Stopper Power Strip and the Smart Strip automatically shut down outlets if not in use.
- Check out EPEAT or the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool to determine which products use less power and contains fewer toxic elements.
- Lenovo ThinkCentre M57 Eco, the ThinkVision L197 Wide & the brand new ThinkVision L197 Wide screen monitor are the Industry’s first PCs with GreenGuard Air Quality certification & made from recycled post-consumer content (PCC).
- Generally laptops consume less power and are being built with fewer toxic elements
- Fujitsu LifeBook S6510 is ENERGY STAR® 4.0 compliant, EPEAT silver rated and RoHS compliant; even though this system has a 14-inch screen, it only weighs 4 lbs.
- Sony Vaio uses Intel’s Core 2 Duo Processor is ENERGY STAR® rated and delivers up to 40% more performance than previous generation of processors, while using 40% less power.