You can save a lot of money on your energy bill if you replace your old appliances with Energy Star qualified appliances. A house full of older appliances is keeping your electricity bill high. Replacing your appliances with appliances that have an energy star rating will reduce your energy bill. Older appliances also break down and cost money to repair; replacing them makes sense for many reasons. Using energy star appliances will save a lot of energy and money.
When replacing old appliances and buying new it is important to choose the most energy efficient appliances. The energy star rating grades appliances by the amount of energy they consume in normal operation. The better the energy star rating the more energy you will save and the lower your electricity bill will be. The better the rating the more effective the energy saving on the correct energy star appliances.
Energy Star Appliances
There are a wide variety of fridges and freezers on the market and each type varies in how efficient it is. Chest freezers are the most energy efficient appliance in the fridge and freezer category because air does not escape easily. Chest freezers also make a great investment for large families.
Upright fridges come in a number of formats and each uses less or more energy. Fridge freezer combinations are popular and are either top and bottom or side by side. Of these the most energy efficient are fridge freezers with the freezer on top. A large number of larger capacity fridge freezers place the freezer at the bottom for convenience. A 10 to 25% saving on energy use is worth considering over convenience if energy saving is a top priority.
Fridge freezers with icemakers at the front are generally less energy efficient than those with icemakers at the back or not installed at all. Making ice and storing ice is an energy intensive process. An icemaker uses between 14% and 20% more energy than appliances without the feature.
The energy ratings between A and G, with A being higher, makes choosing an energy efficient appliance easy. Most modern Fridge freezers come with an A rating but others go better still. A+ and A++ are common with A+ being 10% more efficient than standard A rated appliances. A++ is a staggering 20% more efficient.
Further energy savings are made by considering purchasing a fridge or freezer with eco or holiday mode. Switching on eco or holiday mode saves up to a further 10% on energy when away from home for extended periods or just a weekend and will pay for itself in time.
The Energy Star Rating Required
Fridges and freezers are among the highest energy using appliances in the home. Making an energy efficient choice, spending a little more to get an A+ or A++ rating will pay off.
There are alternatives to conventional electric fridges and freezers that are extremely energy efficient. Gas and solar powered fridges are more expensive than conventional fridges but use no mains electricity and will reduce energy saving considerably.
Energy Star Appliances Energy Saving laundry appliances
Clothes washing is an energy intensive process and it need not be. The first energy star rated washing machines appeared in 1997 and these appliances have become more energy saving over the years.
Older washing machines are not as energy efficient as newer ones and they also do not clean clothes as well. Older machines may be damaging your clothes.
Modern Energy Star rated washing machines use less electricity and less water than older machines. Replacing older appliances with new, energy star rated appliances will save money. The energy star rating received on the appliance is a calculated by combing the energy used to run the cycle, heat the water and the amount of water used for each cycle.
LG washing machines are among the most energy efficient machines available today. Many LG models carry a A+++ rating making them 30% more efficient.
Energy star rating makes choosing an energy star appliances like washing machine easier. There are a few ways to reduce energy further when doing laundry. Firstly washing with cold water and using an eco-friendly detergent reduces energy consumption dramatically. Tumble dryers as yet are not energy star rated, energy star does make recommendations as to the most efficient. Not using a tumble dryer at all and hanging washing in the sun or a breeze uses no energy taking only a little extra time. Hanging washing out and letting nature dry the clothing is the most energy efficient way of drying clothes.
There are drying appliances such as dribuddy and spindel that dry clothes using limited electricity. These appliances help with rainy day laundry days and contribute to improved overall energy efficiency.
Energy Star Energy Saving Dishwashers
Similar to washing machines energy star rated dishwashers are rated on the amount of electricity and water used in a typical cycle. Machines manufactured before 1994 are worthwhile replacing, as their energy efficiency is poor. Machines post 1994 typically use 30 litres less water than older machines and use less energy to heat the water in the machine.
The way dishwashers clean the dishes has evolved in the last few years and more dishwashing machine detergents are a great deal greener. Some of the most efficient energy star rated dishwashers are Bosch and Whirlpool. Bosch machines are generally a little more expensive but the added cost will pay off through increased energy savings.
Energy star energy saving heaters and air conditioning
Most homes in South Africa do not have central heating or central air conditioning. Energy star ratings apply to heating and cooling but most apply to products or solutions for the US market.
SESSA makes a number of recommendations concerning heating and cooling solutions that are more energy efficient. Heating and cooling solutions vary throughout South Africa due to the wide variance in climate from coast to coast.
The best recommendation to save energy in the home when it comes to heating and cooling is to use appliances less. Good insulation in an investment that pays off through appliances are used less in a well-insulated home.
The energy star rating is a clear and easy to understand scale that is clearly visible on any qualifying appliance. Using the energy rating to decide on the right appliance for your home will bring significant savings. You can save a lot of money on your energy bill if you replace your old appliances with Energy Star appliances.
Roof Insulation With Energy Star Appliances
Installing Roof Insulation products like the Isotherm Insulation in conjunction with energy star appliances will save big on energy. However this is not just any insulation we are talking about now. In fact the 145mm Isotherm Insulation is ideal as the insulation has the correct R value 3.70 as per the new SANS legislation. Be sure to use the services of professional Isotherm Installers and you will always pay the best possible Isotherm Price because of the bulk buying. In fact be sure to read the Isotherm Technical specifications page to select correctly.