Great Green Appliances

Discover these energy-efficient green appliances, upgrading to these eco-friendly products will provide you with long-term savings and help save the planet.

| December 2003/January 2004

Learn about energy-efficient green appliances and how they can save you money and save energy for the planet.

Great Green Appliances

Plug into today's energy-efficient appliances and enjoy long-term savings.

Are your home appliances green? No, not that nauseating avocado tint that was popular back in the 1970s. The question is, are your appliances easy on the environment? All the talk about eco-friendly products in recent years makes sorting out the facts from the "greenwash" splashed around by some manufacturers a difficult task.

So, what is a green appliance? This term generally is used to describe any energy-efficient home appliance, especially one that has received an "Energy Star" rating (see "Spot the Energy Star," below). The more efficient the appliance, the less energy (and, in some cases, water) it will use. Lower energy consumption means less pollution from the generation of electricity. This is important because about 90 percent of U.S. electricity comes from nonrenewable sources, mainly fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Many home appliances made after 1993 are significantly more efficient than their predecessors, and some dramatic improvements have taken place in the past few years. This is especially true with major appliances such as refrigerators, clothes washers and dishwashers. For example, an average 1993 refrigerator was 99 percent more energy efficient than a similar unit produced in 1980, according to Jill Notini, director of communications for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. And in 2001, in response to federal regulations, that figure jumped to 146 percent.

The downside to energy-efficient appliances is they're usually more expensive. For example, a mid-priced, vertical-axis clothes washer generally costs about $500 while a more-energy-efficient horizontal-axis machine starts at about $800 and top-of-the-line models can cost $1,600.

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1/2/2013 2:42:53 AM

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Jack M_2
7/29/2010 8:03:29 PM

I found another good article about repair vs replace and recycle of major household appliances at this company's web site. It helped me to decided to go ahead and replace my old top load washer for a new front loader and to spend the little extra money. Check it out and let me know what you think. Jack in Kansas.

3/23/2007 3:37:03 PM

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