Energy Efficiency Rules with Today’s Holiday Home Improvement Gifts  

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Home improvement and the holidays
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‘Tis the season…to think energy efficiency. If you’re debating various home improvement presents this season, think about an energy efficient dishwasher that saves hundreds of dollars per year or a washing machine that uses just enough water to clean the clothes. As gas, electricity, and water rates inch upward, these products can save big in many ways.

Here’s a look at some popular home appliances options that can improve your energy efficiency:

  1. Dishwashers – According to Energy Star, today’s energy efficient dishwashers can save about 1,300 gallons of water during their lifetime. Look for models that have “light wash” or “energy saving” cycles, as they use less water and are ideal for lightly soiled dishes. Some dishwashers also have air dry cycles versus the more costly heat dried cycles.
  2. Washing machines — that adjust the water flow based on the amount of clothes and how dirty they are, thus saving water.
  3. Clothes dryers — that can sense how much moisture is in your clothes, thus reducing over drying and saving on your energy bills. You’ll also avoid shrinking clothes.

According to the National Resources Defense Council:

  1. Make sure your home appliances are properly sized for your home. Otherwise, you’ll waste money on a furnace or hot water heater that is too large for your house size and consumption level.
  2. Choose natural gas over electricity for home appliances whenever possible, as the delivery charge typically is less.
  3. Think long term. A more energy efficient refrigerator saves money and reduces spoilage, which reduces your food bills.

And, don’t forget those simple home improvement presents that boost energy efficiency, such as caulk guns (that seal those air leaks) and cans of spray foam for insulating cracks. Here’s more from Energycircle.com.

Once you start sealing, caulking, and monitoring water usage, you’ll be amazed at how much energy you can save.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Energy Efficiency Rules with Today’s Holiday Home Improvement Gifts  ”

  2. Paul
    Dec 15, 2011

    Home improvement doesn’t only mean that you have to improve your home’s appearance but also improve its expenses. By the time you have completed your refurbishments you would also start planning how you can cut on your bills such as electricity and water. Paying attention to these things can save you a lot of money.

  3. Jan 12, 2012

    I agree with Paul, Beginning on the journey of home improvements can indeed be a daunting task. Finding the right contractor who is qualified and who you are comfortable with is vital. I would recommend, before beginning any aesthetic improvements, to focus on the infrastructure of the home. Is your home air-tight? Have you had an energy audit performed? These are questions you need to ask yourself.

  4. Feb 15, 2012

    Great tips about ways to save energy. Yes it may cost money right now to upgrade but the money saved in the long run in worth it.

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