Started in 2007 by the World Wide Fund in Sydney, the International Earth Hour is celebrated on the last Saturday of March every year from 20:30 to 21:30 hour local time. This was observed not only to conserve energy, but also to draw the world’s attention to the cause of environmental degradation and just like the previous years; millions of people worldwide will switch off the lights in their homes and offices to pledge support to save the environment. In line with this celebration, you can learn more about energy efficient appliances and how they can help you save on energy. The electronic devices in your home can be used as tools for conserving energy and to ensure the well-being of the planet. Here are the top 10 energy saving appliances that you can purchase and use in a more eco-conscious manner to reduce energy consumption in your home, and save your money and the planet at the same time.
10. Eco-friendly Computing (Dell Studio Hybrid)
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Both Energy Star and EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) compliant, this is the greenest consumer desktop ever due to its 87%-efficient power supply that meets Energy Star’s 4.0 green computing standards. The EPEAT also gives the system its highest rating, gold; since it is 80% smaller than a typical desktop, so it uses about 70% less power. Its packaging also comes from 95% recyclable materials with 75% less weight as well. You can personalize it with a bamboo sleeve and it comes with its own recycling kit should you prefer to upgrade.
9. Energy-Saving Washing Machine (Samsung WF210ANW/XAA)
Though front-loading washing machines are the best choice than top-loaders, as proven by professional tests; they also tend to cost more. The best solution therefore is the Samsung WF210ANW/XAA, which has the efficiency of a front-loader but the price of a top-loader. This 3.5-cubic foot washer complies with the Energy Standards and gets good overall ratings from consumers as well. Though it has a limited number of wash cycles and options; most users will find it quiet and easy to use.
8. Ecological Water Filter (Multi-Pure MP750SB)
This under-sink water filter has a rating of 90 out of 100 from the Consumer Report and has a wide range of NSF Standard 53 contaminant reduction. It provides good value for your money in terms of Cost per Contaminant (CPC) Ratio and has low yearly maintenance costs as well. Easy to install and convenient to use, you can now have a great tasting healthier drinking water whenever you need it, which you can also use for cooking and for mixing baby formula.
7. Eco-friendly Battery Charger (Amzer Solar Charger)
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This multi-functional solar-powered emergency charger can be charged not only by sunlight, but by computer via USB, a car charger, or an AC adapter as well using its charging cable. A built-in 3500mAh high capacity rechargeable polymer lithium-ion battery; it is easy and convenient to use. It allows you to charge all your mobile digital devices from your digital camera, mobile phone, GPS device, MP3 player and Bluetooth headset as long as they are between 3.6V and 5.5V. This eco-friendly re-charger is suitable in all emergency situations.
6. Environmental Air Filters (Blueair Eco10 Air Purifier)
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The world’s most energy efficient air purifier, it is 10 to 20 times more efficient than comparable units. It also uses 10 watts on its highest fan speed, which is just a fraction of the energy use by a low-wattage bulb. The entire unit includes the recyclable HEPASilent filter and made from non-toxic components. It also provides the combined benefits of clean air and reduced electric bills; and helps save you money in operating costs.
5. Green Television (Sharp LC-20B8U)
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For a 20-inch TV, this has the right combination of size and performance if you are looking for an HDTV for your bedroom. Among the 20 television sets tested, this is the least power-hungry as it only costs $13 a year to run. Though it cost more than the no-name sets, its features include the ability to accept high-def sources in its 2:3 pull-down, aspect ratio control, and the ability to serve up decent DVD or HD content when necessary.
4. Green Heating and Cooling (Trane XL16c HVAC Pack)
Incredibly energy efficient, this system performs near the top of the line when it comes to energy-saving ability compared with other systems in its category. Energy Star qualified, it comes with 16.60 SEER and 80% AFUE. It also has the durable two-stage Climatuff compressor and an all-aluminum Spine Fin coil, which are not only made to last but for energy-efficiency as well. With minimal noise levels, it also allows you to control energy usage for sustained performance all years.
3. Energy-Efficient Refrigerator (GE-GTH17DBCBB)
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This 16.5 cu ft frost-free top-freezer refrigerator, which is energy-compliant, has a quiet design and suitable for small spaces. This capacity is perfect for singles and couples who may want to replace their rusted ref. It is also affordable and the design of the freezer shelf allows you to fit a turkey or ham and still have space for other small items. It also comes with an ice tray and an option for an ice-maker if you ever need one.
2. Solar-powered Fans (Attic Breeze Solar Attic Fan)
Manufactured from the highest quality of materials, it was designed to keep your attic cool all throughout the day. With its UltraFlotechnology, it can also reduce heat transfer in your home. Available in variety of colors, solar panel mounting options and roof flashings, it provides the best ventilation solution for any residential or commercial applications. This is an important component to maintain your health and in making your home energy efficient as it deters attic build up that can directly impact your electric bills and the performance of your A/C system.
1. Energy-Saving Light bulb (LED light bulbs)
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Energy-efficient lighting system has evolved rapidly and nowadays, LED light bulbs have been replacing even the low-wattage CFLs and incandescent bulbs. Its technology has advanced so much that it now allows LEDs for a number of fixtures and applications. You can now have it cool or warm, and can be dimmable or non-dimmable as well. They also contain no mercury and are very durable and though the initial cost seems high; they will prove to be less expensive when it comes to their overall life.