Making your home more energy efficient is better for your pocketbook. There is also the benefit to the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. Here are some energy efficient appliances that you need to investigate for your home.
Heat Pump versus Furnace
A heat pump is more efficient than the standard furnace. It uses about half the amount of electricity as other types of electric heating. This is because it only uses electricity to power the fans that transfer the heat into your home. There is the downside that it’s less efficient when the temperature is below freezing. If you live in a climate that has severely cold weather, you’ll need an alternative form of heat.
Tankless Water Heater
This one is a great invention that needs to become more prevalent in US homes. A tankless water heater is more efficient than other water heaters. This is because it doesn’t have to maintain the temperature of the water in the tank. The hot water is heated directly over the coils and then transferred to the faucet. It cuts down on the middle man when it comes to providing you with hot water. This type of system generally uses natural gas or propane to function. They also tend to last a decade more than the standard water heater. This can save you money on your replacement costs.
Top Mounted Freezer Refrigerator
Having a top mounted freezer refrigerator cuts down on the amount of electricity that is wasted cooling the refrigerator portion. The cold air will drift downward and keep your food cool. These models use between 10% to 25% less energy than other types of refrigerators. This may eliminate the need for your refrigerator to run so much. They also don’t typically come with the water dispensing feature. This also cuts down on the amount of energy that it uses.
Gas is typically cheaper than electricity in most markets. This means that installing a gas stove will save you some money in the long run. It also tends to cook more evenly and takes less time to prepare your food. This reduces the amount of gas that is required to cook your food. The average savings for a gas stove is around $500 each year for the typical household. This can offset the extra expense of purchasing one over an electric model.
Appliances in general are getting better at being more energy efficient as people become more environmentally conscious. There are still some models that perform better than there more energy efficient competitors.
Rachelle Wilber, the author of this post, is a freelance writer from San Diego, California