7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 6. Appliances
FURTHER RESOURCES:In Green Basics:Appliances Lighting and Phantom LoadsIn Blogs: Buying a New Refrigerator Efficient Cooking The Clothes Washer Revolution Dishwashers Choosing an Energy-Efficient Television A Look At Fluorescent Lighting LED Lighting Editor’s introduction: With energy prices rising again, many homeowners are planning energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. But most people are unsure of where to begin, and even seasoned builders don’t always know which priorities should rise to the top of the list. Betsy Pettit, an architect at Building Science Corporation , recommends starting where you can get the most bang for the buck.Step 6: Buy Energy Star (or better) fixtures, appliances, and lightingTable of Contents:1. The Basement2. The Roof3. The Walls4. The Windows5. Mechanicals6. Appliances7. Renewable EnergyOnce you have reduced your space-conditioning and water-heating loads, the lighting, appliance, and plug load will be your next big energy item. A new Energy Star refrigerator will use 15% less energy than a standard model. Replacing old light fixtures with pin-based compact-fluorescent fixtures ensures your electricbill will stay low.This article is adapted from Betsy Pettit’s Remodeling for Energy Efficiency in Fine Homebuilding magazine. Dishwashers Laundry Appliances Refrigerators and Freezers Become a GBA Pro member to get access to the complete product guide.