The appliances and electronics in your home can consume a lot of energy, impacting the environment and your budget. Luckily, thanks to innovative technologies and industry standards, there are now products that can help you go green. Here’s a list of energy-saving online appliances and electronics, as well as tips to help you use them even more efficiently.
The Bosch SHE5AL05UC stainless steel built-in dishwasher is ENERGY STAR qualified, which means that it meets environmental standards set by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy, and will use less energy than standard models. Most appliances today are ENERGY STAR qualified, so newer products are typically more conservative with their energy use. To maximize energy savings, wash full loads in the dishwasher and skip the sanitize (high temperature) cycle.
The Whirlpool WRT351SFY refrigerator, also ENERGY STAR qualified, is 30 percent more efficient than industry standards. As a top-mount model, this is the most energy efficient refrigerator design and one of the most popular online appliances.
With an LED-backlit screen, the Sony VAIO VPCEG3AGX/B laptop uses less power for a longer battery life. That means you’ll be able to keep it unplugged more of the time. And yes, it’s also got the ENERGY STAR seal of approval. Dim the laptop’s screen to get even more juice from the battery.
Samsung’s got it going on (and going green) with the UN55D6400 LED HDTV. It’s up to 50 percent more efficient than current ENERGY STAR standards and it features an Eco Sensor to sense ambient room light and lower backlighting. That makes for more energy savings and a better picture quality.
The front load Whirlpool WFW95HEXW washing machine is ENERGY STAR qualified with a tier III rating, which is the highest rating for energy efficiency of online appliances. As a front-loading washer, it consumes less water than other models. To use even less energy, wash your laundry in cold water, which can result in significant yearly savings.