Eco Plumbers: Eco-Friendly Appliances

Have you ever wondered how “green” your appliances are?

When it comes to cooking, cleaning, and otherwise running a household, appliances often consume massive amounts of energy in the form of water, gas, or electricity. They may also create runoff that pollutes groundwater or other natural resources.

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To some extent, these effects are inherent to modern life. However, it may surprise you to know many appliances have the ability not only to reduce energy usage compared to similar products – they also prove more efficient than performing chores by hand. (We don’t know about you, but we’ll volunteer to wash fewer dishes manually any time!)

With this in mind, we’ve compiled this list of eco-friendly appliances to help homeowners save money, use less energy, and live more efficient lifestyles.

Eco-Friendly Appliances to Consider

Modern technology has yielded remarkable developments to help homeowners conduct everyday tasks using their home appliances quickly, easily, and at lower costs. Appliances that help homes become more efficient include:

  • Dishwashers. Although it may seem washing dishes by hand represents a more environmentally friendly option than using a dishwasher, the opposite is true. Dishwashers use only about 5 gallons of water per load, about 20 percent of what the average person uses to hand wash.

When using a dishwasher, maximize water and energy savings by avoiding pre-rinsing, filling the unit completely before running, and using the shortest necessary wash cycle.

  • Induction cooktops. Rather than using gas flames or electrical coils to heat the cooking surface, some appliances use induction heating. This electromagnetic process uses significantly less energy than traditional methods and works quickly to heat the cooktop, saving users time and energy.
  • Energy Star refrigerators. Keeping food cool requires a great deal of energy, so investing in an efficient refrigerator is a wise move for eco-conscious (and wallet-conscious) homeowners. Because these appliances are required to use at least 20 percent less energy than traditional models, buyers know they will save at least $125 on their energy bills over the life of the refrigerator.
  • Energy Star washing machines. To earn the coveted Energy Star certification, these machines must use 20 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than their non-certified competitors. The average Energy Star washing machine will save its owners 27 thousand gallons of water over its lifetime.
  • Tankless water heaters. Heating water is a remarkably inefficient process. With traditional water heaters, a tank collects a predetermined amount of water and heats it continuously using electricity, gas, or another costly energy source. Tankless water heaters heat only the water consumers need, resulting in savings up to 40 percent on energy bills. They also take up less space in the home.

Although not an exhaustive list of the appliances homeowners can use to lower their energy bills, water usage, and carbon footprint, adding these items to households has helped millions of homeowners maximize their homes’ efficiency. As your budget and needs allow, consider adding one or more of these eco-friendly appliances to your home.

What eco-friendly appliances do you use to keep energy and water usage to a minimum?

Aaron Gaynor is the founder of Eco Plumbers, which helps homeowners and the local community by proposing eco-friendly solutions and WaterSense efficiency products that can save energy and hundreds of gallons of water a year.