Energy Efficient Home Products

Written by Courtney Salinas
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On a hot day, energy grids in the United States are at 90 percent capacity. We are barely able to keep up with our energy needs. But through smart consumption, you can help make a difference.

A host of energy efficient home products are available today through most well known manufacturers. The increasing demand for more and more energy efficient products has forced manufacturers to respond with new and better products. The Environment Protection Agency has set up a helpful program for consumers called Energy Star. Any appliance or electronic that uses considerably less energy than the standard they will stamp with their Energy Star sticker of approval.

Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

A lot of the energy we use comes from trying to control the climate in our homes. Whether we use furnaces or electric heating in the winter and window units or central air in the summer, we're using up a lot of energy. There is hope, though, because manufacturers are developing better and better appliances every day.
The newer your air conditioner or heater, the more energy efficient it's likely to be and the better it will perform. Revamping your entire heating and cooling system could be a very energy efficient move. Installing an energy efficient geothermal system could save you hundreds of dollars in electricity in the years to come.

Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy efficient clothes washers and dishwashers can save hundreds of gallons of water a year. Energy efficient refrigerators are better insulated, have more precise thermometers and low-energy, high-efficiency compressors. All these energy efficient appliances are designed to use less electricity.

Energy Efficient Electronics

When looking for energy efficient electronics, investing in new technology pays off. Newer televisions use much less energy than older models. Even within the newer models you can find televisions that use up to 25 percent less energy than the rest. Even products like cordless phones and answering machines can be found in energy efficient models that use a third less energy than standard models.

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