Energy saving tips – Home Appliances

In this economic crisis, everybody thinks about how to save money. Wouldn't it be good if you can save some amount of your money from your electricity bills? What do you think is the best way to save electricity at home? We are going to discuss some tips which may help your family and you save some money on your bills. Appliances account for about 17% of your household's energy consumption, with refrigerators, clothes washers, and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list.

The following tips can help you to save your electricity bill.

Price Tag When you're shopping for appliances, think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase price—think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. You'll be paying on that second price tag every month with your utility bill for the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the appliance. Refrigerators last an average of 14 years; clothes washers about 11 years; dishwashers about 10 years; and room air conditioners last 9 years.
Energy Star When you do shop for a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR products usually exceed minimum federal standards by a substantial amount. The appliance shopping guide lists some of the major appliances that carry the ENERGY STAR label and provides helpful information on what to look for when shopping for an appliance.
Labels To help you figure out whether an appliance is energy efficient, the federal government requires most appliances to display the bright yellow and black Energy Guide label. Although these labels will not tell you which appliance is the most efficient, they will tell you the annual energy consumption and operating cost for each appliance so you can compare them yourself. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy provides information to consider when deciding on new appliances.
energy consumed The major appliances that you select for your kitchen and laundry and the smaller ones you select for your home office, even the lighting, make a significant difference in energy consumption. The easiest way to cut the energy consumed by your major appliances is to pick those that meet Energy Star standards, though these do not exist in every category.
For example, you can get an Energy Star-labeled washer but not a dryer. (But an Energy Star washer will extract more water so that whatever dryer you do get will use less energy to dry your clothes).
Turn off the Power Source When electrical appliances are plugged-in they use standby power even when the appliance is not in use. It is not convenient or practical to turn off major appliances at the power source. For instance it is not practical to turn off the refrigerator or freezer for obvious reasons. It is not convenient to turn off the electric oven or the microwave oven because, in most homes, the power source is hidden when the unit is connected.

Use your appliances properly and save the electricity.