Certain appliances are considered to be energy saving and meet the criteria for an Energy Star label. These products use less energy than other comparable appliances, which offer the same features and performance. Energy Star appliances, such as washers, dryers and refrigerators, typically use less electricity as well as less water.
These energy efficient products are typically more expensive in terms of initial investment than their less efficient counterparts. They are expected to make up for the higher purchase price in energy savings within a reasonable length of time. For example, a refrigerator is supposed to pay back the higher cost in energy savings within two years. The appliance is expected to last for 14-19 years. After adding up the additional energy savings over time, they will more than pay for themselves.
Change Light Bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more efficient than previously popular incandescent bulbs. Changing your light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to save energy, and is also fairly inexpensive. A light bulb only costs a few dollars, and a new fluorescent bulb is expected to save about $30 during its lifetime, and pay for itself within 6 months. These bulbs are supposed to use about one quarter the amount of energy and last ten times longer than the incandescent bulbs.
Converting to solar power is a high cost transition, but over time is becoming more economical. Solar panels are gradually increasing in efficiency and decreasing in price. Converting your home is a very large undertaking, but there are government incentives in the form of rebates on the cost of the new equipment, plus a 30% tax credit program. Some of the equipment may also come with 10-20 year warranties to ensure that the new system will last.
A normal payback period for converting your home to solar power is 5-10 years. However, over a 25-year period, the savings could end up being over $100,000. There is a very large initial cost, and a high savings reward on utility bills afterwards. The environmental savings are also very large by reducing the amount of fossil fuel emissions. The reduction in carbon dioxide being released would be the equivalent of planting 88 trees to offset emissions.
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