If you’re interested in creating a greener, more energy-efficient home, your kitchen is a great place to start. Energy-efficient appliances will conserve energy, reduce energy costs, and create a healthier environment.
New energy-efficient refrigerators are designed to save energy while providing flexible storage capacity and convenient features. Energy Star qualified refrigerators use 15 percent less energy than non-qualified models, and models with top-mounted freezers use 10-25 percent less energy than side-by-side or bottom-mount freezer models. Energy-efficient features include variable speed compressors and fans, advanced defrost systems, and humidity sensors. When buying a new refrigerator, choose a size that fits your household needs and look for the Energy Star label. Convenient features like water dispensers and ice makers will use more energy.
Stoves and Ovens
New stoves and ovens don’t have federal energy regulations or Energy Star labels, but they do have energy-efficient features. They can be powered by natural gas or electricity. Electric stoves and ovens are typically cheaper to buy, but gas stoves and ovens are usually cheaper to operate. Whether you prefer gas or electric, new stoves and ovens don’t require preheating, an oven feature that uses a lot of energy in older models. Newer ovens reach temperatures so quickly, preheating is no longer necessary. New gas stoves and ovens feature electronic ignition instead of pilot lights which reduces gas use by 30 percent. New electric stoves feature advanced burners:
* Solid disk elements and radiant elements are installed under glass. They’re easier to clean but take longer to heat up using more electricity than electric coils.
* Halogen cook tops use powerful bulbs filled with a halogen gas like iodine or bromine. They create radiant heat under a ceramic glass surface which is easy to clean.
* Induction elements use electromagnetic waves that turn the bottom of the pot into a heating surface. They provide a cool cooktop surface, accurate temperatures, and maximum energy efficiency.
Energy-efficient dishwashers save energy and water. The Energy Guide label found on all new models estimates the amount of energy used and yearly operating costs. Most of the energy used by your dishwasher, approximately 60 percent, is used to heat water. Newer dishwashers use less than half as much energy and water as older models and have energy-efficient features including energy-efficient motors, improved water filtration systems, high-powered jets, and built-in soil sensors that detect when dishes are clean.
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