Eco Friendly Appliances Appliance use nearly 20% of energy in your home. Appliances that have the Energy Star mark maybe be a bit more costly up front but since they are up to 50% more efficient you’ll save in the long run. Energy Star is a labeling program that is voluntary and was introduced by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in order to promote energy efficient household products. This in turn helps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses. Energy Star products must meet stringent guidelines outlined by the Department of Energy and the EPA. A blue Energy Star label identifies these products. If you want to save money and you are interested in helping the environment, make your home more energy efficient by first estimating how much energy your appliances actually use. In order to determine whether or not making the switch to energy efficient appliances is a good idea, you can use the following formula to figure out the information: (Wattage × Hours Used Per Day ÷ 1000 = Daily Kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumption.) When you have this number, multiply it by the approximate number of days you might use the appliance during the year. After you have your annual consumption, you can then calculate the annual cost by simply multiplying the kWh per year by the rate per kWh consumed from your local utility. The environmental movement is no longer reserved for the trail-mixers and vegans; going green is something each of us can do daily. Energy-conscious agencies and organizations can provide the necessary information and teach people that greener is actually cheaper. The media and entertainment industry has been leading by example and appliance manufacturers are using their ingenuity and working hard to meet the new standards in energy efficiency. Your home can now be made more eco-friendly easier than ever before. Refrigerators A refrigerator is the biggest energy hogging appliance in your home. You’ll want to know how to choose a great Energy Star refrigerator that can save you up to 50% in energy costs over the 15- year-old model you currently own. Here are some other tips for choosing an energy efficient refrigerator: The most efficient model in refrigerators is the standard freezer-on-top model. Bigger is not always better where the environment is concerned; choose a size- appropriate refrigerator for your home. Defrost regularly. Frost that builds up can actually make your refrigerator’s motor keep running and make your bill a little bit higher. But, also keep in mind that automatic defrosters use more energy than the manual kind. Ranges and Ovens At the moment, these appliances are not qualified to meet the Energy Star specifications. The main reason is that they need to be heated before even beginning to do the job of cooking. There rally is no way of making an oven more energy efficient. But, you should keep that in mind, in the future there may be ways. While we’re waiting: If you can do so, consider a convection oven. This type of oven uses fan-forced air to circulate heated air. This type of oven typically uses about 1/3 less energy and also cooks foods more quickly. To determine annual energy consumption, check the energy guide label. Dishwashers A dishwasher that is Energy Star compliant will use nearly 40% less energy and not to mention less water than standard models. Besides getting an Energy Star dishwasher, you can run full loads only (not partial loads) and stop using the pre-rinse and heated drying cycles to save even more energy and cut down on pollution. Washers and Dryers Cut your water usage in half and your energy costs more than 30% by using and Energy Star compliant washing machine. Dryers are not Energy Star rated, but you can get one that has a moisture sensor which will automatically shut off the dryer when your clothes are dry. To be truly eco-friendly, appliances still have a long way to go. Until they get there, we can lessen their impact on the environment by making better choices when buying and moderating our energy use when we use them. Conceptual Designs In today’s fast-paced world of eco-conscious consumers manufacturers are working hard to produce the greatest and greenest household appliances. Their top-priorities in designing these multi-tasking marvels is conserving energy and using up as little of our precious spare time as possible. Energy efficiency regulations are getting more and more stringent. There is pressure on manufacturers to inform and provide ways of conserving energy. The latest season of MTV’s The Real World showcased many new technologically advanced and eco-friendly innovations in the house. Check out the latest innovations in household appliances; they were developed to be safer for the environment and to make out lives as easy as possible. The S400 Washlet This amazing toilet knows when you are coming and lifts its lid in welcome. When you are finished with your business, you can use a remote control to activate a steam of warm aerated water to give you a nice cleaning both front and back. To eliminate the need and use of toilet paper, there is also an air dryer that works in three temperatures. The seat is heated and has a massage option. When you leave, the lid closes automatically. Haier WasH2O Washing Machine An on-going environmental issue is laundry detergent that finds its way into our water supplies. Haier invented the WasH2O which is the world’s first detergent-less washing machine. The way it works is to break up molecules into its OH- and H+ ion components. The cleaning agent is the OH-; it attracts and retains stains while the remaining H+ sterilizes the clothing. The Washup This miracle is a washing machine/toilet hybrid. It is still in the conceptual phase of development. The idea is to use the wastewater from the washing machine to flush the toilet. Wall Mounted Dish Washer Your typical dishwasher already uses much less water to wash dishes than you do by hand washing. The wall mounted dishwasher, invented by two students in Quebec takes things a bit further. You don’t need to have to load and unload the dishwasher. The rack is built right in, you place your dirty dishes in, slide the machine over them and then allow them to air-dry. The beauty of this machine is the fact that the dishes are already put away right where they are. This also cuts energy costs from not employing a drying feature. The Coffee & Egg Toastenator The Japanese are always thinking up great ideas in space-saving, time-friendly, eco-friendly devices. This is three separate appliances in one; a coffee pot, egg cooker and toaster.