GreenBuildingTalk: Energy Efficient Appliances

modern laundry room with new washer and dryerEditor’s note: With energy prices on the rise, efficiency has to be a key element of any new appliance purchase. Our friends at GreenBuildingTalk have the low down on several new products for your home that use energy more wisely… and keep those utility bills low. This post was originally published on May 6, 2008.

Consumers are demanding more energy efficient and environmentally beneficial appliances for their homes. Take a look at how several companies are meeting those demands.

Appliances companies are stepping up to offer us more efficient products, along with more styles and configurations. Green kitchen design was a big theme at the 2008 KBIS show, and I wanted to mention a couple specific products from the show that you may want to check out if you’re shopping for an appliance.

Fisher & Paykel’s Energy Star rated, top-loading EcoSmart, IntuitiveEco and AquaSmart washers, are good choices if you’re looking to save water and energy. The AquaSmart washer earned a MEF (modified energy factor) rating of 2.15, which exceeds the DOE 2007 standard of 1.72 by 25%. It also meets the CEE (Consortium for Energy Efficiency) criteria for Tier 2 efficiency adopted on 1/1/07. This makes it the most energy efficient top loading washing machine in North America. These washers are also eligible for utility rebates. Fisher & Paykel’s DishDrawer dishwasher offers the option of an economical, small load using as little as 1.98 gallons of water compared to 2.6 gallons on average for a normal eco cycle.

Bosch’s product line is Energy Star qualified in the refrigeration, laundry and dishwasher categories. Their stainless steel Integra 800 Series Dishwasher is both Energy Star and NSF Certified, and smartly manages energy and water consumption. For the more frugal buyer Bosch offers their Ascenta dishwashers series. Ascenta diswashers employ Ecosense technology, which examines the soil level in the water and customizes the wash cycle to save up to 20% in energy costs. The Integra Refrigerator and Freezer units come with settings that will allow you to use less energy.

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