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      Tips for selecting energy-efficient products
      Tuesday, January 20, 2004
      Various kinds of "green" products, including home
      appliances, are now available on the market amid an
      increasing awareness of using environmentally friendly
      products.

      Green products are gaining popularity because they use
      less energy and thus help reduce air pollution and
      conserve natural resources.

      Not many people, however, are well-informed about how
      to choose, for instance, energy-efficient
      refrigerators and how to use home appliances so that
      they do not negatively affect the environment. Below
      are some green tips taken from www.greenhome.com on
      environmentally friendly appliances and efficient
      methods of use.

      Refrigerators

      - Choose the best model of a refrigerator that uses
      only half the energy of models that passes the Minimum
      Energy Performance Standard (MEPS).

      - Decide on the size, type and features you want; do
      not buy a refrigerator that is too big for your needs.
      If you are not keeping your fridge at least two-thirds
      full or your freezer at least three-quarters full, it
      is probably too big for your needs.

      - Make sure you check the energy label. Generally, the
      larger the refrigerator, the greater the energy
      consumption.

      - Two-door refrigerators with a top or bottom freezer
      are generally more efficient than side-by-side models
      -- check the stars and energy consumption rate.

      - Manual defrost models tend to use less energy than
      frost-free, or automatic defrost, models, but must be
      defrosted periodically to remain energy-efficient.
      However, the best frost-free models are now as good as
      manual defrost models -- check the energy label!

      Washing machines/dryers

      - Avoid using energy-hungry dryers. Old-fashioned
      clotheslines utilizing sun and wind still produce the
      freshest smelling clothes, without the need for
      perfumes to simulate the experience.

      - The laundry room should be separated from living
      spaces and supplied with both an exhaust fan and an
      intake for fresh air, as laundry products can be
      extraordinarily toxic. Heat and moisture from laundry
      can breed harmful molds, if not properly vented.

      Dishwashers

      - Look for energy/water consumption specifications
      before choosing. Many cheap domestic machines use too
      much water and too much electricity and make too much
      noise while spewing toxic perfumes and chemical odors
      from detergents and drying agents indoors.

      - Residues from perfumes, phosphates and surfactants
      contribute to the overload in sewage treatment
      facilities and contamination of groundwater. A better
      job can sometimes be done hand-washing in a double
      basin using safe soap.

      - Some commercial dish washing machines are capable of
      doing a better job in a shorter time with less water
      and energy.




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