TAG: Appliances

How Much Do Your Appliances Cost You?

Energy Star

Many of us don’t realize that the cost of the appliances we buy doesn’t end after purchase. The power consumed by these appliances will be reflected directly on our electricity bills every month. So next time you buy an electrical appliance you need to consider its energy efficiency. Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S Department of Energy, helps people around the globe to consider the environment and save money by ensuring they only purchase energy efficient products. According to Energy Star, an average home spends over US$2000 on energy usage per year… read more

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Refrigerators are not normally an eye-catching appliance, usually more beloved for their contents than their appearance. The following designs, however, are stylish replicas of vintage refrigerators that hold true to their eras but have updated efficient features. EU Energy Label and US Energy Star ratings provide guides and suggestions to consider when purchasing appliances that will have an increased energy efficiency capacity. Colorful in lime green, red or toned down in cream, Oranier has a line of free standing refrigerators, which unlike older appliances, these have an A+ energy efficiency rating. This model features a cooling system and fan that… read more

Has Your Home Got The Smarts?

Smartphone, Smart Home

Over the years, we’ve seen numerous variations of smart devices for your home, each one optimized for use with a remote control or smartphone. Often times, however, these units are very expensive and hardly ideal for the average consumer. Early iterations were limited by their lack of wi-fi and Bluetooth support, meaning they were ancient devices before they even hit the market. Today, a company called SmartThings has developed an affordable and utilitarian unit in each home. Taking advantage of the project funding website Kickstarter, SmartThings successfully reached and surpassed their entire funding goal. The device they’ve created is called… read more

Eco Purchase Options

Eco Purchases

Every time we shop we are presented with green options. We may not know it at first, but when confronted with choices, like which watch to buy or what device to listen to our music on, there is always one item that proves more efficient than the rest. Though these options are not as apparent as LED lights or hemp tote bags, they do contribute to daily savings of energy and other resources. Choosing these items over their contemporaries will add to your overall level of efficiency and may help you consume more responsibly. This isn’t to encourage unnecessary purchases,… read more

Greener Kitchens

Eco-friendly kitchens

If you are building, renovating or just looking to ‘green-ify’ your kitchen, there are many things, great and small, you can do to better serve the environment. Replace water heater Look for a high Energy Factor (EF). This is the measure of the water heater’s overall efficiency. The higher the EF, the more efficient the appliance. Electric water heaters have higher Energy Factor ratings than gas-fired water heaters but heating with electricity can be more expensive. If you can get a tankless water heater they save a lot of energy as water is heated as it flows through the heater,… read more

Refrigerator Recycling

refrigerator-recycle

Some important household appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners are now considered to be dangerous because they contain coolants that can contaminate almost everything from air to soil. These appliances are gods in the home but they become demons when they are thrown out. Disposal of these appliances is similar to nuclear disposal – which requires care and attention. Recycling these appliances is hard because one has to carefully remove the usable part of the appliance without releasing the harmful substance. Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) and GE has come up with a recycling technology which efficiently recycles these refrigerators…. read more

Doorless Refrigerator

de-la-roche-ben

Refrigerators are one of the best inventions of all time. Ever since their creation, refrigerators have found their vital place in both the rich and middle-class homes to preserve food and to provide cooled food. The basic principle of cooling the box has never changed but the body, colour and structure are the factors which differentiate modern refrigerators from the older ones. A Massey University (in New Zealand) third year undergraduate student, Ben de la Roche, has come up with the idea of a new refrigeration “wall” which has absolutely no door and displays all the food so that you… read more

A Day in the Life of 2025

Living in the future

6.45 A.M. A beeping bedside alarm awakens you. Sunlight peeks in through the glass window, temporarily blinding your unadjusted eyes, but with a quick swipe of your hand, the glass becomes opaque, simultaneously turning on a dim bedroom light. In the kitchen, you hear the coffeemaker spring to life, perfectly synced with the alarm clock. 7:30 A.M. Your electric car hummed on 10 minutes ago, pre-programmed to cool the interior, check the weather, and update the GPS before your trip. Today, you’re heading into the city for an important meeting with a client. Your car alerts you that traffic is… read more

Live Sustainably – A Choice

Living more sustainably

Sustainability is a term thrown around loosely in today’s media, but it is a real choice that every single person makes in their daily life. You can choose to be greener and live a more sustainable life by making the right choices that effect the environment and your wallet. Turn the lights off! Three 60 watt light bulbs left on 8 hours a day for a year can cost $90 and waste 525 kWh for the year! Minimizing “phantom loads” in your home or office is an easy way to be more energy conservative. These “phantom loads” are electronics in… read more

A Few Minutes A Week

Taking the time to be green

We know that recycling, repurposing and decreasing unneeded consumption in all aspects of daily life are no-brainers, and that using energy efficient products can help to save money. But do we really understand the impact such simple things really have when it comes to our financial and environmental wellbeing? The following are four easy changes that literally take less than a few minutes to do, but can really add up in long-term benefits: Unplugging unused appliances and electronics can seriously increase electricity savings. Even though they are not being used constantly when plugged in, they are still continually draining up… read more