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How to Find the Greenest Appliances for the Kitchen

Many people face with reluctance the idea of choosing new replacement for the kitchen, as the thought of shopping and paying for them can feel overwhelming. However, this is a great opportunity to replace old dishwashers, fridges and ovens with new energy-efficient models that use fewer resources and save you money in the long run. But how do you find the greenest appliances for the kitchen?

Before you head on to the appliance showroom, bake sure you check out some refrigerator, oven and dishwasher ratings. Make sure the products you like fit your budget and if they don’t try selling your old appliances for some extra cash. Call secondhand appliance stores near your home and see if they’re interested in taking them. Another great idea is to carefully consider the size and needs of your family so you don’t waste energy on something that’s too big.

Dishwashers

Finding the best integrated dishwasher can be a difficult task. While today’s models use half the water and energy dishwashers consumed 10 years ago, some still guzzle more than other models. For example, the steam mode found on some dishwashers uses one-third more energy and water. According to dishwasher ratings and reviews, drawer-type models also use more resources than conventional models. An average dishwasher uses 6 gallons of water and 1.59 kWh per cycle, while the best integrated dishwasher uses less than 4 gallons and 0.87 kWh per cycle. A dishwasher that qualifies for the government’s Energy Star program is supposed to use even less water and energy. You can also consider models with a half-load feature in case you don’t need to wash as many dishes and a Soil Sensor. If you have hard water, the dishwasher’s efficiency decreases, so use a whole-house water softener.

Refrigerators

Refrigerators are the appliance that uses the most energy, as it is always running. Manufacturers are increasing efficiency by adding innovative compressors, high-efficiency motors and better-insulated panels. The rule is that built-in models and under-cabinet drawers use the most energy for their size while top-freezer and bottom-freezer use the least energy. If you plan on buying a new fridge, check out the best fridge reviews 2015. Believe it or not, similar refrigerators can vary greatly from one brand to another. No matter what type you choose, you can maximize its efficiency by skipping water and ice dispensers. Even if they are popular features, they increase energy use and contribute to higher repair rates. Make sure you keep the fridge away from direct sunlight and clean the compressor coils every few months. When reading the latest fridge reviews 2015, be very careful with the size that you choose. People often make the mistake of choosing big refrigerators instead of choosing ones with a cleverly designed storage space.

Ovens

Some ovens use more electricity than any other appliance in your kitchen. Fuel consumption for cooking is higher, so a green appliance is a must. Microwave ovens are the most energy-efficient, followed by a hob and an oven. If you don’t have a microwave oven, read the 2015 best microwaves reviews and opt for a unit with a low energy consumption. Consider the Samsung microwaves which feature the Eco mode. When reading the 2015 best microwaves reviews, focus on units with cooking sensors, which will heat your food to just the right temperature without overheating it and without wasting any energy in the process. However, slow cookers can be a healthier and more energy-efficient option. A slow cooker uses about the same energy as a traditional light bulb. A halogen oven also a great option, as it uses 75pc less electricity than a conventional electric oven and can roast a chicken in 30 minutes. If you combine the low power use and reduced cooking time you will notice a big reduction in your energy bill.

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