5 Top Eco Friendly home appliances

Aug, 31, 2017

Saving the environments can start right at our homes if we use the right appliances which do not pollute or are energy efficient. Wastage of electricity, and using appliances which release harmful pollutants into the atmosphere or are made up of toxic materials, are some of the things which can be controlled to benefit the environment.

Why do we need to use eco-friendly appliances?

Apart from an environmental point of view, there is also an economic side to using energy efficient appliances. In addition to consuming 10-20% lesser energy, they reduce your electricity bill as well. So, using an eco-friendly appliance will be good for the environment and your wallet.

Home appliances which can be eco-friendly

  1. Refrigerator

A normal refrigerator without an energy star rating or a low rating will be very energy inefficient. This is not desirable and most modern refrigerators have a higher star rating which makes them very energy-efficient.

The refrigerant coolant fluid can contain Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which play a major role in depleting the ozone layer. Hence it is better to use modern refrigerators which do not use these harmful coolants. 

  1. Air Conditioner

The air conditioners which we use in our homes typically run for the entire time we are at home. If there is an AC in every room and the occupant of the house is in some other room, there are smart ACs which sense the absence of a human being and power off accordingly. This sort of smart technology implementation can prevent power wastage by keeping the AC on only when required.

  1. Television

The bulky old CRT televisions have significantly higher power consumption when compared to a modern LED-backlit LCD TV of the same screen size. If you have one of those older TVs, it is better to upgrade and notice your bills drop. The table below gives a comparison of power consumed by different types of TVs.

Screen Size

LED

LCD

CRT

Plasma

15 inches

15

18

65

---

17 inches

18

20

75

---

19 inches

20

22

80

---

20 inches

24

26

90

---

21 inches

26

30

100

---

22 inches

30

40

110

---

24 inches

40

50

120

---

30 inches

50

60

---

150

32 inches

55

70

---

160

37 inches

60

80

---

180

42 inches

80

120

---

220

50 inches

100

150

---

300

 

  1. Washing Machines

Energy star ratings on a washing machine play a major role in increasing their efficiency. Some washing machines make use of steam wash, which requires comparatively little water. The steam also heats up the wash drum, thereby reducing the need to heat it externally for a hot wash.

In a few washing machines, the power consumption is reduced by spinning wet clothes after wash cycle itself, so that there is no need to put them through a drying cycle again.

  1. Cooking Appliances

Modern day kitchens are equipped with either gas-based or electric cooktops. An electric cook top may seem like it is more eco-friendly, but if its source of electricity is non-renewable and located far away, the transmission losses and pollution make it a less attractive option. Gas cooktops are more energy efficient, but they release carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide as a byproduct. These gases are less polluting than a coal-burning power source for an electric cooktop.