The Critical Customer on Energy Efficient Appliances

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The price tag, hefty or not, comes with two types: sale price and maintenance price. The sale price is what you see. The maintenance price is what you estimate as your expense for ensuring that a commodity continues to serve its purpose. Practical home economics used to tell customers to look for the cheapest products. Thus, the term “window shopping” was coined. Now, consumers, alongside manufacturers, are slowly working together to not only leverage sale price to quality, but also energy efficiency. Thus, the term “energy efficient appliances” was coined.

Some analysts are critical about the notion of energy efficient appliances. One, it is common for these types of appliances to be a bit expensive. Two, not a lot of customers are well-aware of the benefits of these appliances. And three, customers are yet to learn about the difference between a cheap appliance over an energy-efficient appliance. Does it really matter?

How you use them. A research done by Energy Star – a program launched by the U.S Government to evaluate energy efficient appliances – together with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, reveals that the average U.S household spends $2,200 on energy annually. In terms of use, half goes to heating and cooling, 14% goes to heating water, 12% goes to lighting, and the final 13% goes to appliances like dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines.

With the aforementioned percent distribution, it is wise for you to understand how your household uses the different types of appliances in your home. Check which appliance you use the most. If you are using your washing machine more often than any other appliance, then it might be wiser to buy an energy-efficient replacement.

Longevity. Some energy efficient appliances are quite expensive, but these come with quality and optimum energy-saving features. It may take years before you take back what you’ve spent on it, but you will soon realize how much money you saved from your electric bill. So between replacing a 15-year old refrigerator and a 7-year old one, it would be wiser to replace the former. Why? You would have already recovered its original cost from what you’ve saved.

Tax incentives. The government, in its support for patronizing energy efficient appliances, launched a tax incentive program that can amount to up to $100. This varies per state and per retailer. Do not be scared to ask for any incentives that come with purchasing energy efficient appliances. Some retailers might have something going on top of the tax incentive you get from the government. This translates to two things: you save money from utility and you save money from tax.

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Symbol of Energy Efficiency

The Energy Star logo and the Yellow Label. The Energy Star logo is an indicator for energy efficient appliances. The Yellow Label contains information that lets you calculate your potential savings based on annual appliance maintenance cost, appliance performance based on comparison with similar models, energy-saving features, estimated energy used by the appliance annually, and manufacturer information. Based on the printed information, you can do actual calculations to see how much you can save from appliances in the coming years. Again, if you are hesitant, ask.

Whenever you consider purchasing energy efficient appliances, always strive to learn as much about the product. Always remember: quality and efficiency comes with a price, but not all pricey appliances are made of quality and are energy efficient.


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