Making your appliances eco-friendly is a broad topic that encompasses a variety of considerations. The process actually involved conserving water, recycling, efficient use of appliances, etc.
The infographic below will brief up the top considerations to make your kitchen appliance more eco-friendly.
So far the energy star program has accomplished a staggering 85% consumer awareness that the program is a symbol for energy efficiency. Energy star program was initiated in the early 90’s in United States of America.
The main aim behind this program was to identify and label appliances with a energy star label. Any appliance that has been energy star certified usually consumes upto 30% lesser energy than the standard limits.
Energy Star program provides an internet based portfolio tool for users to monitor the water consumption and energy consumption of their appliances. You can use this tool make a calculated decision and turn your home into a energy efficient building.
The EPA and the Department of Energy sets the standards for appliances and these standards are different for different appliances.
If you upgrade to a energy star appliance you could start saving water as soon as it is setup. Not only do you conserve water but you would be saving on power bills too.
An energy star appliance alone is not enough to make your kitchen green friendly but your choices also make a difference. For example, if you are a small family would doesn’t require a freezer then choose a freezerless refrigerator only unit instead of a full size refrigerator, and if you are an individual living in a small apartment pick a compact dishwasher over a large full featured dishwasher appliance.
Use less energy by switching off unused appliances and save on the standby power or the vampire power which is again a leakage of electricity. The leakage translates into more energy consumption and less eco-friendly.
Start with saving water, it’s always a good idea to turn off water consuming appliances, like dishwasher, washing machine, etc., when not in use.
Also when you are upgrading your appliance to a new one, see that you get a water efficient appliance this time. While these water efficient appliance might be a expensive investment initially but you would be saving more over a period of it’s use at home.
Many of the home appliances last for more than a decade according to the department of energy U.S.
The ever growing need for conserving water has resulted in a smarter appliances that use a low amount of water yielding better results. And it’s also our duty to use the appliance responsibly to conserve water.
When you decide to upgrade your appliances try not to dump the old appliances instead list them on sites like freecycle or craigslist. Others can find a better use with your old appliance.
Utilizing cleaner renewable energy sources like solar, wind, etc., would mean a lot to the environment. The power we use at home is usually generated with burning coal and releasing a huge carbon footprint into the environment. Minimizing electricity consumption from such sources and installing solar panels in your home means no energy is wasted in transmission loss.
Initially if you try to make a sudden shift to conservation then things could be overwhelming. Try making smaller changes, one at a time. You can begin with optimizing the usage of your existing appliances and then later move on the picking a eco-friendly appliance that’s energy star certified.