A washing machine is one of the appliances that use a lot of energy in the home. Choose a machine that is A-rated and has a 40C wash to save on electricity. A washing machine that is front-loading saves more energy compared to a top-loading one.
Refrigerators that are eco-friendly should be rated A+ or higher. The refrigerants that are used in the foaming agents that help to insulate and those in the circuit used in refrigerating should only have an ozone depleting potential of zero. The potential for global warming in these parts should not be more than 15. After the end of the lifecycle of the appliance, the manufacturer should take it back for recycling. Select a refrigerator that has a top and bottom instead of a side by side one. Avoid using ice makers, defrosters and heaters as they use a lot of electricity.
All the information that is necessary to determine how eco-friendly the appliance is should be clearly shown on it. When it comes to these products, even the material that is used to package them should be made of 80% recyclable material.
A majority of homes use dishwashers and having the wrong one can cost you twice the amount of electricity you should be paying. An energy saving dishwasher uses less water, produces less noise, has free take back to allow recycling of water and does not use flame retardants that are harmful. Look for one that has a booster heater.
A hybrid solar oven is a better choice compared to electricity one since it heats up to about 400 degrees without any need for electricity. It also comes with an electricity backup for the times when there is no solar power available.
The size of the appliance that you buy will also determine how much energy will be used. Buy the appropriate size depending on the needs you have. The amount of energy that is consumed by an appliance is measured using Watts and not the voltage. This means that an appliance with low voltage will still use more energy. When you leave appliances on stand-by, they use about a quarter of the energy used to run them. It is advisable to switch of appliances and even plug them off when they are not in use.