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Making Your Kitchen Green (without paint)

October 26, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Las Vegas 0 Comments

It seems these days that everyone is looking to make their homes more energy efficient. As awareness about the global climate crises becomes more prevalent, and people continue to try and cut spending in the home, more and more “green” kitchen appliances are becoming available. Some estimates state that using energy efficient kitchen appliances can help to reduce your energy bill by as much as 30%.

ENERGY STAR®

ENERGY STAR is a labelling system created by the EPA to help inform consumers about the benefits of energy efficient appliance models compared to those that aren’t engineered to help cut energy usage. These appliances make use of technology that helps to raise their efficiency by 10% – 66%. ENERGY STAR reminds that there are actually two costs when it comes to purchasing an appliance for your home. The first is the actual ticket price of the item, and the second is the cost of operating that device in your home over the life of the appliance.

What Can Help You Save the Most Money?

In terms of appliances that use the most energy, the main offenders are: Refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners, dish washers and water heaters. All of these devices require a considerable amount of energy to operate, and it’s fairly easy to see why. Be sure to look at the EnergyGuide label on the back of energy efficient devices, it indicates the difference between that appliance and other similar devices. By doing the simple math on the lifetime of the machine you will be able to ascertain whether or not you think the savings will be worth it.

Refrigerators use the most energy of any kitchen device. This is mostly due to the fact that they are always operating all day, 7 days a week. The estimated average cost of using a non-energy efficient refrigerator is 60% higher than that of some energy efficient models. Incredibly, some of the newer energy efficient models cost less to run than a steady-running 75 watt light bulb!

Some estimates say that refrigeration and cooking can add up to as much as 41.5% of your homes heating costs. If we do the math, assuming you buy all energy efficient models for your kitchen, you can cut 30% of your energy bill. If the kitchen accounts for 41.5% of the bill, reducing that by 30% results in an overall savings on your bill of almost 12.5%. Over the course of ten years this could amount to thousands of dollars in savings.

You Might Even Get a Tax Rebate!

Another great aspect of buying energy efficient kitchen appliances is that you might even be eligible for a tax rebate. In some areas this can amount to as much as $200. Adding this to the money you save throughout the lifetime of the appliance can definitely make it even more cost effective.

When Finally Making a Purchase…

Always remember to do your research and do the calculations. Some models, depending on your home, may not be as good as others in terms of saving you money in the long run. But, on the other hand, you’ll be helping to save the environment as well, and some savings can’t be measured in currency.

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