Going Green Appliance Ideas

Being good to the environment benefits our planet -- and our wallets too. Many people are now realizing the big benefits of a greener mindset, from homeowners to large corporations. Whether we are recycling, watching our carbon footprint or replacing an aging home appliance with a higher-efficiency model, every effort makes a big difference in enhancing our personal and financial health.

While Americans make up just five percent of the world's population, we actually use about 26% of the total energy consumption on our planet. Household appliances consume a hefty 90% of all residential energy, with heating and cooling systems comprising half of our utilities bill. 
 
Since appliances consume so much of our household energy, you can save significant money and environmental stress by choosing greener appliances whenever you replace your existing models. When shopping for new appliances, TotalProtect®  home warranty experts always recommend you look for the ENERGY STAR® label. This is a government-backed rating that assures you the appliance you are considering meets certain energy-efficient requirements.
 
Your air conditioning is typically the most energy-hungry system in your home: it accounts for about 16% of the total electricity used. To enjoy the most energy-efficient performance, some experts suggest you shop for as high a SEER rating as you can afford within your budget range, as well as choose a model that has earned ENERGY STAR certification. On average, this can save you about 30% off your utility bill. Adding a ceiling fan to a room also lowers your bills. 
 
The washing machine is another great opportunity to go green. This appliance makes up about 22% of a home's total water consumption, so buying an energy-efficient washing machine helps reduce monthly water bills. For best energy-savings results, consider a front-loading washing machine. It uses 40% less water than the other models, on average. 
 
What about your refrigerator? Refrigerators can account for 14% of a home's energy consumption. A refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR label uses at least 15% less energy than the maximum allowed by federal standards. According to the California Energy Commission's consumerenergycenter.org website, refrigerators today use an average of 60% less electricity than 20-year-old models. That translates to substantial savings over the life of the appliance. 
 
While choosing new appliances that are greener saves you energy and money, it's not the only way to conserve. TotalProtect home warranty technicians also help you to get the best use possible from your existing appliances and major home systems, through expert warranty service on your air conditioning, heating, plumbing and electrical needs. By ensuring you continued dependable performance for as long as possible, they save you premature replacement costs which helps the environment by reducing waste.
 
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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.
 
References and statistics in this article were found in GreenOrders' Greenyour.com at www.greenyour.com/home/appliances.
 
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