It will cost you more up front to select energy-efficient appliances for your home, but they will save you cash in the long run and reduce your environmental impact. Both the sales price and the expected energy consumption are weighed when purchasing new appliances. In many instances, by purchasing the more costly, more energy-efficient model, you may actually save money. When purchasing eco-friendly appliances, there are many things to consider: their star rating for energy efficiency, how much water they use the amount of raw materials and energy used to make them, whether or not they can be recycled and the total carbon footprint of the company.
Ask about special offers which are energy-efficient. To encourage consumers to purchase energy-efficient appliances, government grants, low-interest loans or other incentive programmes are often offered. Ask what grants are available in your area to your salesperson or local authority. Read the label for The Energy Guide. The FTC needs this yellow and black mark to be applied to most new appliances. It specifies the appliance’s estimated annual energy consumption. This helps you to compare different brands and models’ efficiency or annual energy use. However do practice common sense and note that a massive fridge freezer rated A++ would still use more energy than a much smaller refrigerator rated lower. In Australia, all refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners and televisions are required to bear a label displaying their star rating for energy efficiency. This varies from one to 10 red stars, with a greater number of stars indicating a more environmentally friendly device. An estimation of the appliance’s annual energy usage in kilowatt hours per year is also given in the mark. Although it may not mean much to the average consumer, this number provides a basis for comparison. A six-star Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) rating is also present in washing machines and dishwashers. The higher the ranking for the blue-star, the better.