How to Buy Eco-Friendly Appliances


Over the years, going green has become a very popular trend. Companies like LG and Panasonic have started a green campaign which is visible in their advertisements. Every one can help the environment by making a few changes and choosing appliances that are environment friendly. Eco-Friendly appliances are more energy-efficient which leads to less environmental damage compared to others.

Government regulations keep on changing and are now forcing people to choose products that are more eco- friendly. In many states across the United States, it is not possible to buy products unless they have got the ENERGY STAR? label. The number of stars on an appliance tells how energy-efficient the appliance is. The greater the number of stars, the more energy-efficient the product is.

The ENERGY STAR? label was introduced by the US government so that consumers are more aware and cautious about the amount of greenhouse gas being released in the environment. It may seem that Energy Star products are pricey; however the cost they save on energy consumption easily covers the few extra bucks.

Cook tops and ovens are exempted from the Energy Star rule. In countries like Australia there is no label required. It is preferable to use a gas stove rather than an electric stove. Most chefs also recommend gas stoves because these provide better heat control and are more environment friendly compared to electric stoves. Induction cook tops are another famous type of stoves. Although they are more expensive than gas cook tops, they consume an even lesser amount of energy.

Other eco-friendly solutions include the solar power option. There are some appliances that can be charged on solar power. Try doing that and save electricity; switch from standard light to LED lights around the house.

Changing all appliances to eco-friendly machines in one go is not possible. Thus, if possible try to save energy while using the old appliances. For example appliances like a coffee maker or a microwave consume energy/power even when they are switched off. Try to unplug all such appliances around the house. If heating a small quantity of food, use a microwave instead on the stove. Also try using a small stove burner when cooking small quantities of food.

It will also help when appliances are used efficiently. For example, run the dishwasher and clothes washer only when they are fully loaded. If possible wash clothes with cold water and do not select the heat drying option for the dishwasher. Do not forget that the larger the appliance is, the more energy it requires. So the next time try buying a plasma television that is going to fulfill the need but may not satisfy the want necessarily.

Over the last 3 years, Allan has spent a lot of time writing about sustainability and especially on how to save money for electric heaters, air conditioning and home appliances.Allan’s articles have been published on various green blogs.