Green Homes

Building for the future, today – combining the best of historical wisdom and modern technology.

Add to My MSN

Energy-Efficient Products for Your Home

8/19/2010 10:33:24 AM

Tags: energy-efficient products, green homes

You know the giddy feeling you get when you’re able to save a few pennies?

It’s spectacular, right?

Imagine how great you’d feel if you not only saved some cash, but also helped conserve energy and water?

I bet that last sentence sent you over the moon. Well, perhaps not, but it may have shifted your brain into eco-conscious mode.

If so, check out the following energy-efficient products and appliances. Each product was designed to conserve energy.

ASKO Energy-Efficient Washers and Dryers 

If you start your clothes washer and it sounds more like a spaceship launching than an appliance operating, it may be time for you to research energy-efficient washing machines.

ASKO, a Swedish company, makes appliances such as clothes washers, dryers and dish washers that are visually pleasing and energy efficient, and use a modest amount of water.

ASKO's “About page” states its appliances clean well and use less water, electricity and detergent than other machines. A 2009 press release states that ASKO’s Line Series washing machine earned the Green Good Design award (PDF). The award honors "international products and buildings that are leading the global way to a design that is fully sustainable and compatible with the highest standards of good environment.”

In addition, two of ASKO's washers and dryers were displayed in the Greenspiration showcase home in Greensboro, N.C. The showcase home “features modern green building practices that do not undermine the comfort, beauty or budget of a traditional upper middle-class home."

Energy-Efficient Window Shades 

Most of us enjoy the warm glow of sunlight that can accent a dreary living room. Unfortunately, the sun’s glow can warm more than your spirit; it also can heat your living room causing your air conditioner to run more. And closing window shades in the winter to block chilly air is often ineffective as most blinds aren’t insulated.

Cellular Window Shades’ insulated Symphony Shades were designed to let light in, but keep outdoor elements out. Light can still seep into a room when the insulated window shades are drawn, but the energy-efficient Cellular Window Shades keep obnoxious hot and cold breezes at bay.

Now, if you enjoy a dark home and boo and hiss when the sun shines in your eyes, consider investing in Roc-Lon’s blackout products. Not only will Roc-Lon’s shades keep out light, but the company’s products are great at keeping warm and cold air out of a home, too.

The biggest complaint (as articulated in some product reviews at Target’s website) about Roc-Lon’s shades is that the shade package comes with two 27-inch wide panels instead of one 54-inch panel, though most buyers give positive reviews.

Are there any other energy-efficient products you love?

Share your knowledge!

Leave the information in our comment section.


Content Tools

Post a comment below.


8/27/2010 4:22:36 PM
It may not be a specific product, but having a digital programmable thermostat has been greatly helpful this summer during the crazy heat. I've saved more than $50 this summer compared to last year. I've found several helpful, cost-efficient tips on and recommend checking it out.

Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.