Lower Utility Bills And Help The Environment
Eco-friendly appliances can reduce a household's energy and water consumption noticeably. The cost of replacing old appliances with newer models will, over time, offset the cost and help you do you part in reducing waste and environmental impact. Operating energy-efficient appliances correctly will also significantly affect the savings.
Consider how much water a dishwasher uses and the energy it takes to heat the water. Some models use more water in a cycle, so know what you're buying. Energy-efficient dishwashers have sensors that calculate the required length of wash cycles and appropriate water temperatures to properly clean each load. Built-in heating elements help save on the cost of heating the water.
Always wash full loads, but don't overload. Use dishwasher detergents free of phosphates and chlorine. Be smart when loading dirty dishes: soiled surfaces facing inward towards the spray, larger items at the back and to the sides to ensure the spray isn't blocked.
This appliance runs every day of the year and is the centre of the kitchen. How old is your refrigerator? It's estimated that older models can cost up to $150 more per year to run than energy-efficient models. With eco-friendly refrigerators available for as little as $800, the energy savings can pay for a new refrigerator in no time at all! When choosing a new refrigerator, consider that an automatic ice maker can use up to 20 percent more electricity. Size matters! An extra-large fridge, even an eco-friendly model, will use more energy than a smaller one. Top freezer models are more energy efficient than bottom freezers, but the side-by-side models consume the most energy.
Keep the coils at the back of your refrigerator clean -- unplug briefly and vacuum them every 3-4 months.
Eco-friendly washers and dryers
A typical family of four washes over 400 loads of laundry every year. An eco-friendly washer can greatly reduce the environmental impact while saving some household money. Eco-friendly washers have sensors that prevent energy waste by matching the water needs to the size of the load. Advanced high speed motors shorten the length of spin cycles and remove more water from laundry -- so less energy is required when it's time to dry. Front-loading machines are estimated to use less energy than top-loaders, and have higher spin speeds resulting in shorter dryer time. In addition, there is less wear and tear on clothes because they don't have a central agitator.
One eco-friendly clothes dryer option is the spin dryer. A spin dryer uses centrifugal force to remove moisture from wet laundry. Because it has no heating element, the spin dryer uses significantly less energy than traditional dryers. Other dryer options that are eco-friendly have some very smart features to note. Newer dryers have a moisture sensor option that turns the dryer off automatically when the clothes are dry. Dryers at AppliancesOnline.com.au is an excellent resource for Australian consumers to compare the energy efficiency of each appliance.
Run your wet laundry in the dryer in back-to-back loads to take advantage of an already-hot dryer. Clean the lint filter regularly for optimum performance and get some dryer balls. Dryer balls are an eco-friendly alternative to fabric softener sheets, and they retain heat which is reported to reduce necessary drying times by as much as 25 precent.