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
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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
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