Eco-friendly kitchen appliances are more affordable and easier than ever to find. According to TotalProtect® Home Warranty technicians, most have come a long way: working far better than their older, energy-hogging versions.
The Most Important Benefit: Protecting the Planet
The more eco-friendly kitchen appliances we have in our homes, the better and healthier our world will be for our children and grandchildren, in terms of cleaner air, reduced fossil fuel dependency, less toxins and other quality-of-life advantages.
Noticeable Benefit: Extra Cash
TotalProtect Home Warranty experts assure you that eco-friendly kitchen appliances can cut your energy bill quite a bit. In just a few months, you may save enough to splurge on that coveted tablet, weekend getaway or other well-deserved reward.
Refrigerators are the second-highest user of energy after heating and cooling. If yours is 10 years or older, TotalProtect technicians suggest that you may want to consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR® rated model. That will save you from 10-50%, reports appliance experts at Good Housekeeping. Houzz.com advises you to consider style and options as well. They report that side-by-side refrigerators use roughly 20% more electricity than other models, while studies show ice makers and in-door water/ice dispensers can use 10-15% more energy.
If you are shopping for a new cook top, Good Housekeeping recommends electric-induction: it uses about half the energy of conventional models. Not looking to replace? Experts recommend a smart tip that saves as much as 80% energy--use the microwave instead. TotalProtect technicians recommend that you use the stove and oven as little as possible during warmer months, to avoid overworking your air conditioner. That saves you even more.
Many of us grew up with dishwashers that were water hogs. Smaller households would often hand-wash to save water, using the dishwasher for company or bigger loads only. Today, dishwashers have evolved: newer models have sensor technology that controls water usage better. They actually use less water per load than hand-washing. As with refrigerators and ovens, ENERGY STAR® ratings are important. Realize that while this rating assures you that the appliance has met government standards, energy efficiency always varies by model, so comparison-shop carefully.
The information in this article is intended for the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are intended to indicate coverage by our home warranty or service plans. Please review your contract carefully to understand what your product coverage entails.