A Guide to Energy-Efficient Appliances

In today’s world, which is constantly struggling against climate change and lack of fuel & resources, replacing your old home appliances with new energy-efficient systems could make a lot of difference.

Aligned with the green or clean energy movement, these energy-efficient appliances come in all forms of designs and classifications.

From building-related equipment to heating/ cooling systems, home or office appliances to commercial and industrial structures, and smart lighting solutions to advanced electronics and hardware goods, here’s a complete list.

 

What are Energy-Efficient Appliances?

Energy-efficient appliances are those equipment and devices that use less energy to operate and run with minimum impact on nature.

Less energy consumption means less waste of natural as well as financial resources and fewer carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.

Based on the energy that they save and their overall efficiency, energy-efficient appliances are further divided into different categories through various star ratings and grading systems throughout the world.  

 

What does Star-Rating mean?

What Does Star-Rating Mean_

 

Star-Rating or Star-Labelling refers to the process of grading a product based on its energy efficiency.

Better known as BEE Star-Rating in India, it is based on the international model of the EER grading system which shows how energy-efficient a product is from a scale of 1 to 5.

5 being the most efficient, and 1 being the most basic though it still has to meet the standard criteria. Cut short, the more the number of stars, the more efficient a product. Each line of products has a separate set of criteria for star rating that cannot be compared with any other style or range of products.

That is, a Television’s rating cannot be compared to a fan, and an AC’s rating cannot be compared to a smart AC, and so on. I hope you get the idea.

Moreover, every energy-efficient appliance comes with a star-rating logo or sticker on the unit or instruction manual as you might have seen. If not, then make sure to look out for a yellow or blue energy star logo the next time you visit a store to buy a fridge or TV.  

 

How do Energy-efficient Appliances work?

How do Energy Efficient Appliances Work

 

Energy-efficient appliances are based on the principle of “energy efficiency.” Which means using less energy to run a machine while cutting the cost and the amount of pollution at the same time.

By implementing the most sophisticated and innovative technologies at hand, these appliances are designed to consume the least amount of energy to meet the ends. Many of them can be powered by free energy like that of a rooftop solar.

For those worried about the purchasing price, energy-efficient appliances combined with free energy could give you more incentives over time than your initial investment. And that’s just one of the aspects of applying energy efficiency.  

 

What is the Importance of Energy Efficiency?

Given the skyrocketing prices of fuel and electricity, it’s only in our best interest to practice energy efficiency.

Think of it like budgeting or rationing, only it is not for food or money, but your monthly energy expenditure.  

Wondering how to do that?

Well, wonder not! Your personal energy advisor emerald is already here!

Embedded with advanced features such as real-time data on energy consumption and personalized tips for efficient budgeting, it is a sleek and smart energy monitoring device that you can connect to your electricity meter in no time.

Powered by the enciser app, emerald lets you monitor and manage the entire usage of your household, especially in terms of energy-efficient appliances.

Better insights about your utility bills can help you become a conscious user and avail the many benefits of smart energy-efficient appliances.  

 

What are The Benefits of Energy-Efficient Appliances?

What are The Benefits of Energy Efficient Appliances

 

Aside from the fact that they are cost-effective and environmentally friendly, energy-efficient appliances offer plenty of other benefits. Let’s check them out.

  1. Less energy or water consumption
    One of the trademarks of energy-efficient appliances is the amount of energy and water needed for their proper operation. As per the minimum efficiency guidelines, it is now mandatory for all manufacturers to stay within the prescribed limit on energy/water consumption of such products.
  2. Reduced electricity bills.
    Energy efficiency is all about saving money on your utility bills in the long run due to the low running costs of energy-efficient appliances.
    For instance, an LED bulb alone can save as much as 75% of energy or about $120 worth of electricity throughout its lifetime.
  3. Fewer greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint.
    Another key contribution of these appliances is the lack of waste and pollution they cause.
    For example, in 2014 alone, Energy Star label products prevented more than 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from getting away into the atmosphere.
  4. Improved lifestyle and sustainable living.
    Since energy-efficient appliances do not need a lot of energy to run, they do not emit a lot of harmful radiation or carcinogens either.
    Apart from saving your health, they can also reduce your dependency on the power grids for your day-to-day electricity needs. All the while making you self-dependent and bringing you closer to sustainable living.
  5. Smart energy management for a smart home.
    Modern appliances come with all sorts of features such as remote controlling, automation, voice command, and so on.

Thanks to emerald by enciser, you can now connect and track all your devices and their energy consumption from a single app, and make smart choices about your energy usage. A few other advantages of energy-efficient appliances include:

  • Job creation and business opportunities.
  • Higher rate of return on investment (ROI).
  • Increased property value.
  • Better for the economy.

 

How to buy Energy-Efficient Appliances?

Purchasing or renting these appliances is no different than buying traditional electronics. Simply go to a brick-and-mortar store or place an order online.

 

A few tips to remember though –

  • Look for a star-rating or energy star label (and go through it thoroughly to clear any doubts).
  • Calculate the lower life cycle costs (LLC) by adding its purchase cost and estimated electricity cost over the first 7 years.
  • Check out any additional energy-saving features.

 

Conclusion

Compared to non-efficient and conventional appliances, energy-efficient or star-rated appliances tend to be significantly cheaper across their lifespan.

Also known as High-Efficiency (HE) Appliances, they offer superior efficiency with less energy consumption, and lack of waste and pollution for a minimal impact on nature.

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