Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly Appliances for Your Home
Slash your energy bills when you upgrade with these green appliances.
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Here’s how Earth911 ranked its list of greenest dishwashers:
Miele dishwashers range in price from $1,000 to $3,100 ,while Asko dishwashers run between $950-$1,750. Beko dishwashers cost $600-$700. The price of a Samsung dishwasher ranges between $400-$1,300, KitchenAid dishwashers cost $950-$2,150, LG dishwashers will cost $670-$1,700 and Frigidaire dishwashers run $480-$1,250.
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ENERGY STAR uses combined energy factor (CEF) in its rankings of dryers. The CEF is the quotient of an 8.45/100-lb. test load for standard dryers and three pounds for compact dryers, divided by the sum of the appliance’s energy usage while it’s idle and when it’s running.
- Samsung DV6800: Four cubic feet, 24-inch heat pump dryer with Smart Care, which means you can troubleshoot problems from your smartphone. It has an estimated annual energy use of 145 kWh and a CEF of 5.85. Buy it now at Samsung.
- Blomberg DHP24412W: A 4-1/10 cubic feet heat pump ventless dryer. Amazon reviewers report this dryer takes a little longer but it’s one of the most energy efficient out there. It has a CEF of 5.7 and will use an estimated 149 kWh per year. Buy it now on Amazon.
- Asko T208H.W.U.: A 31-gallon drum with anti-crease ability. It has a CEF of 4.5 and an estimated annual energy use of 189 kWh. Buy it now at Askona.
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Here are some ENERGY STAR-recommended washing machines based efficient energy use:
- LG WM9500H: This model has 5-8/10 cubic feet of volume, an average energy use of 120 kWh/yr and 4,588 gallons a year in annual water use. It retails between $1,583-$1,999. Buy it now on Amazon.
- Samsung WF56H91: Has 5.6 cubic feet volume, annual energy use of 135 kWh and annual water use of 4429. Buy it now at The Home Depot
- Whirlpool WFW9220F: Volume 4.2 cubic feet, annual energy use 89 kWh. The Whirlpool washer ranges from $1,164 to $1,344, depending which options you add. Buy it now at Whirlpool.
- Electrolux EFLW427: This uses the least energy among ENERGY STAR certified washers, 60 kWh/yr. It’s a little smaller at 4-3/10 cubic feet, and its annual water usage is 4,059 gallons a year. The Electrolux washer ranges from $793-$869. Buy it now at The Home Depot.
Check out more washers that use less water and electricity at the ENERGY STAR website.
There is no ENERGY STAR label for residential ovens, ranges or microwaves, though it does rate commercial ovens. Consider the platform you want to cook on before thinking about energy efficiency. Convection ovens are as efficient as they come and typically use 20 percent less energy than a standard oven. Self-cleaning ovens rate a little better in efficiency because they come insulated.
Energy consumption can vary because of cookware. A warped pot on the range could use 50 percent more energy to boil water than a perfectly-shaped pot. In the oven, copper-bottom pans heat up faster than regular pans. Additionally, glass or ceramic dishes are more conductive than metal pans.
Greenest Electric Ovens
- Samsung NE58F9710WS: Consumer Reports rated this double oven electric range the highest. It features five cooktop elements, glass touch controls and dual convection for even cooking. But it now on Amazon.
- LG LDE4415ST: This stainless steel electric oven runs 7-3/10 cubic feet with an infrared grill system. Buy it now on Amazon.
- Samsung NE59J7850WS: Samsung touts this as the only double oven with a warming drawer, which could come in handy. You can also cook at different temperatures. Buy it now on Amazon.
Greenest Gas Ovens
- LG Signature LUTD4919SN: LG claims its infrared heating will cut 20 minutes off cooking time, and you can cook two dishes at different temperatures. Consumer Reports ranked it No. 1 in its gas and dual-fuel 30-inch double ovens. Buy it now on Amazon.
- Samsung NY58J9850WS: This oven goes 5-8/10 cubic feet and comes with a warming drawer. Consumer Reports rated it second among gas and dual-fuel 30-inch double ovens. Buy it now on Amazon.
- GE PGB980ZEJSS: No. 3 in the Consumer Reports gas- and dual-fuel rankings. Buy it now on Amazon.
Greenest Induction Ovens
- GE Profile PHS930SLSS: This stainless steel 30-inch induction oven provides 5-3/10 cubic feet of capacity. Built-in WiFi allows you to monitor it from anywhere when your smartphone is connected. Buy it now on Amazon.
- Kenmore Elite 95073: This Kenmore induction range gives 6-1/10 cubic feet of capacity and a two-to-four-hour self-cleaning cycle. Induction ovens are a great way to save on energy. Buy it now at Sears.
- LG LSE4617ST: LG’s induction oven has 6-3/10 cubic feet of capacity, easy clean technology and SmoothTouch glass controls. Buy it now on Amazon.
- Liebherr MRB3000: This model comes with 15 cubic feet of capacity and runs at virtually silent noise levels. Its Bio-Fresh drawers keep food slightly above 32 degrees F. so it lasts longer. Buy it now on Amazon.
- GE GPE16DTH: This GE model consumes approximately 344 kWh/yr with a 15-1/2 cubic foot capacity and a top freezer. Buy it now at The Home Depot
- Midea WHD663FWESS: This frost-free Midea has 18 cubic feet of storage, almost 14 in the refrigerator. The glass shelves slide with ease. Buy it at Appliances Connection
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