ENERGY STAR® Appliances — Save Money And Go Greener!

by Tanner Celestin on April 20, 2011

Did you know that most Shea homes are equipped with ENERGY STAR® appliances?  That means that from the moment you step foot into your new home, you are going greener (and saving some green).  We want to help your family’s conservation efforts.

The major appliances in your home — refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers — account for a big chunk of your monthly utility bill. And if your refrigerator or washing machine is more than a decade old, you’re spending a lot more on energy than you need to.

 

Energy-Star-PartnerToday’s major appliances don’t hog energy the way older models do because they must meet minimum federal energy efficiency standards. These standards have been tightened over the years, so any new appliance you buy today has to use less energy than the model you’re replacing. For instance, if you buy one of today’s most energy-efficient refrigerators, it will use less than half the energy of a model that’s 12 years old or older.

Of course, efficient appliances don’t just save you money; they’re good for the environment. The less energy we all use, the lower our demand on power plants, which means less pollution. The trick is to figure out which models use the least energy. Here are some guidelines.

Look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR models are the most energy efficient in any product category, exceeding the energy efficiency minimums set by the federal government. If you remember only one rule when you shop, remember to look for the ENERGY STAR label. In some parts of the country, utilities and state governments even sweeten the deal by offering rebates on ENERGY STAR-rated models. Check the ENERGY STAR web site for details.

Use the EnergyGuide label. Some uninformed salespeople might tell you that a model you’re looking at is the most efficient because it has an EnergyGuide label. Not exactly. All new appliances must carry the EnergyGuide label, either on the appliance itself or on the packaging. The label allows you to compare the typical annual energy consumption and operating cost of different models of any type of appliance you’re thinking of buying.

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Get the right size.Make sure the product you’re buying suits your needs. Oversized air conditioners, water heaters

and refrigerators waste energy and money; in many cases they also don’t
perform as well.Whenever possible choose appliances that run on natural gas rather than electricity.Usually it’s more efficient to burn natural gas where it’s needed — in your home — than to burn it at a power plant, convert the heat to electricity and then send the electricity over wires to your house. Look for dryers, stoves and water heaters that run on natural gas.Think long term. Many of the most energy-efficient appliances cost more initially, but they’ll save you money in the long run. Expect to keep most major appliances between 10 and 20 years. A more efficient appliance soon pays for itself; lower monthly utility bills over the lifetime of the appliance will more than offset a higher purchase price. In addition, the latest resource-efficient clothes washers and dishwashers not only save electricity, they also use a lot less water and can reduce your water bill.The Shea family of companies has been around over 100 years and we are committed to producing homes that reduce our carbon footprint. Precious resources are used to build every home, and here at Shea, not only do we understand how valuable they are, but we also take the initiative and responsibility of using these resources wisely.  For more information, please visit SheaHomes.com.

We are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. Our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines. These homes are better for the environment and better for you.

Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/.

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rDove April 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

Awesome article, thanks!

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