USING ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES
A study of efficient home appliances that include washers and dryers, dishwashers, showerheads, and others puts firm numbers on both the energy and water savings a typical US homeowner can expect to see by switching to these products.
The study, conducted as part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) national conservation initiative, used 50 homes in the cities of Wilsonville and Lafayette, Oregon as test sites.
Twenty-five homes in each city received Energy Star labeled clothes washers and dishwashers, highly efficient clothes dryers, toilets, faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads that were donated by the product manufacturers.
DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recorded and compared the actual electricity and water used by the original appliances and the high-efficiency products. What the study found was the homes - all built before 1992 when the use of some water and energy efficient equipment became mandatory in the cities - showed a savings of $200 per year in electricity and water bills, and 18,600 gallons of water. This equals a:
Written by: Energy Star
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