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The Benefits of Energy-Efficient Appliances

There are a lot of awesome advantages and opportunities that come with owning your personal abode. In a detached home, you have plenty of indoor privacy, you don’t have to worry about being noisy, and you can really lay into your decorations and design choices in the ways that suit your own tastes. There is also freedom and security that comes with any self-owned property—home-building and nesting are very natural to us, and not feeling like we’re at the liberty of a landlord is certainly the more natural and preferred order, as well. However, owning your own place also comes with some snags now and then, almost all of which have a dreaded financial impact.

One major slap at the happiness of homeownership is the unpredictable faltering of appliances. Maybe the machines came with your home purchase or maybe they’re hand-me-downs you’ve dragged along, but when you’re rushing to wash your favorite work presentation outfit or the kids’ soccer uniforms and a laundry machine bites the dust, we are all equalized by the trauma of that moment. There is never a great time for any appliance to break down; not to say that wearing a different outfit is the end of the world, but a broken appliance typically means hours of research, shopping, hundreds of dollars spent on a new machine, potentially scheduling delivery and installation, and a whole host of other things that no one wants to spend their precious free time on.

Perhaps you are starting fresh altogether, and that’s fine, too. In that case, it would be advised to get a good warranty and periodically remembering to be thankful there are still a good number of years before you may have to face your own broken-appliance nightmare. But, for you, and for all in the position of purchasing a new appliance, the most critical advice to offer is to get yourself some cost-saving energy-efficient appliances.

Regardless of the brand, certified energy-efficient appliances last longer and save more money than their market counterparts. The Energy Star logo is a now-globally recognized icon that helps consumers easily distinguish energy-efficient machines from the rest of the pack. Once upon a time, finding an energy-efficient appliance was difficult and costly, but now that these units are in such high demand, the market has become more saturated with options, driving prices down to values that are equal to, or sometimes even less than, the sticker prices of non-energy-efficient machines.

Any initial skepticism about investing in an energy efficient appliance can be discarded based on market prices alone; if the machines cost the same, why not save a buck from hereon out? There’s still room to wonder, though, whether or not purchasing the green option will really net any long-term savings.

And the answer to that is an emphatic “yes”!

Since you’re buying appliances, you’re likely living somewhere where you’re also responsible for the electric and utility bills, which are major players in the at-home money-saving scheme. Energy-efficient appliances tend to use less water, have shorter or more efficient cycles made for different washing, and consume less energy over time (think power from your wall socket).

Selecting even one or two energy-efficient appliances can decrease your bills and save hundreds of dollars before that machine has even reached half of its lifespan, but your actual use of appliances matters when cutting costs, too. Learn about the new features of your machine by asking questions in-store, reading tutorials online, or following along with Youtube videos. 

Make the most of various options, including choosing the lightest rinses, coolest cycles, and shortest washes that you can when cleaning clothes and dishes. If your household accumulates lots of dirty dishes and clothing often, be sure that your machines are fully loaded before running them as often as possible. You can also ensure the longevity of your refrigerator and freezer by checking their door seals for airtight quality over time. In a number of years, if your seals have become loose, they can be repaired or replaced to keep the cool in and the energy cost out.

Dollar after dollar, while you are saving your own money with your new energy-efficient investments, you are also helping save costs and energy around the globe. Since Energy Star and energy-efficient appliances have grown in popularity over the past 20+ years, these machines have been proven to save billions of utility dollars for consumers. While that could mean an extra day of vacation for our family, these energy and money-related savings also continue to make a huge impact on our planet’s wellness.

Water is another incredibly key resource that energy-efficient appliances conserve. Before technological advances, our machines wasted literal tons of water with their pre-set rinse options. Now, many appliances are built with the capability to assess and react to their job commands with auto-sensing features. These cycles are meant to optimize workload and output. For appliances like dishwashers and laundry machines, information like the soil-level of the load and load size can be detected and treated accordingly by the machine’s smart choices. For other energy-efficient products like air purifiers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers, these sensors may focus more on stemming the flow of energy use to react to the needs of the space they are in, rather than running an appliance on full-blast all day and night, hoping for the best.

Some of these green options may only net a minor personal return year after year (meaning smaller or less frequently used appliances), but across the planet, these seemingly modest energy-efficient changes become one giant aid to help combat issues with climate change and uncharacteristically rapid loss of our natural resources. And if contributing to the greater good doesn’t really light your fire, we’ve already established that that energy-efficient appliances cost roughly the same as their counterparts, so at least some cash return is better than no return at all!

Resources – Energystar.gov, Energy.gov, Direct Energy

7 Futuristic Appliances For A Smart Way of Living

Technology moves forward every single day. From a room full of processors to a phone that fits perfectly in your pocket, technology has made every aspect of life more comfortable and easier. Now, you can get home appliances that are smarter and perform better, and you can control them from the comfort of your phone.

1. A Wi-Fi kettle

First of all, the wi-fi kettle can remotely heat water to 1000C and it can be controlled from your phone or tablet or a simple voice command. This kettle boils 1.7L of water and lets you know how many cups you can get out of it.

There is a specific app you install on your phone, so you can control the kettle from anywhere you are. The app has a very user-friendly interface where it shows how much water is in the kettle, the number of cups it can make, mugs or baby bottle size, the temperature, the amount of energy being used and a timer.

2. A Smart Smoke Detector

A smoke detector is an essential device in your home. They are loud, piercing alarms that will notify you when there is a sudden rise in temperature in a room or if the air feels a little stuffy than usual.  The smoke detectors have water outlets that put out fires.

A smart smoke detector sends an alert to your smartphone immediately, and it senses something amiss. Sometimes, it might falsely alert you, and maybe you were cooking flambé, so you can silence it using your smartphone.

3. A Smart Fridge

Well, the fridge is the reason why most siblings fight because you cannot find what you left. With the smart fridge, you get to set a password for every family member. The intelligent fridge looks up recipes for you and reads them out as you cook, which is pretty impressive. It also creates profiles for every family member in case another person wants to leave them a message.

The most exciting part is, it has cameras on the inside, so if your food goes missing, all you do is check the footage. The interior cameras will also notify you when you are low on something or if something is about to spoil. They have sensors that you can use to increase or decrease the temperature in the fridge from your phone.

4. A Smart Television

A smart television may be the most famous futuristic device, but it is worth its popularity. A smart television is similar to the traditional ones, but it has internet integrated into it. Smart televisions allow users to stream videos and music, view photos, and browse the internet.

Smart televisions have apps already installed in the set-top box, so all you do is preload, install, and update the apps. A smart television can be integrated into smartphones and tablets for you to view programs on your phone if you cannot access your television.

5. A smart washer

To benefit from an intelligent washer, you need to find the right detergent for your clothes. With the right cleanser, you will know the proper speed to set your washer. The washer connects to Wi-Fi, allowing you to control the washing machine through your phone, whether you are in the house or not.

Smart washers determine the correct amount of detergent automatically and store a month’s worth of detergent, auto-filling itself before a wash. It adjusts the amount of detergent depending on how heavy or dirty the clothes are. All you do is install the app on your phone and register. A smart washer will clean up to twelve kilograms of laundry in one washing. The washer comes with a dryer that works the same way as traditional dryers but integrated with the internet.

6. Automated trash can

This is no ordinary trash can because it is elegant and highly efficient. The automated trash takes up to three times more rubbish as it compresses everything down than a regular bin. The smart trash can sort your trash depending on the decomposition rate of the items.  It is voice- and motion-sensitive.

Regular trash cans have a pedal that you step on, but with an automated trash can, all you do is put your hand near the lid, and it opens. You also use your voice to command it as well.  It is metal-cased, meaning that it can last longer than regular trash cans. What makes it special is the fact that it absorbs the odor in the trash. This bin will notify you when it is almost full by sending an alert to your phone or by beeping. 

7. Motion sensors

Motion sensors are integral futuristic devices that you need in your home. Furthermore, they are inexpensive, providing you with no excuse not to buy one if you’re looking to live smarter. Motion sensors are helpful because they automate every action in a room. If you walk into your living room, motion sensors turn the lights on; if you need to turn on the air conditioner, you use your voice.

Motion sensors perform a bevy of functions, as well. They can turn the lights on and off, flush the toilet, turn the coffee maker on, and heat the water in the shower before you even get into the bathroom. Having motion sensors in your house is like living in the future.

Futuristic devices might be a little costly, but they are worth every single dollar. They make life very easy, convenient, and enjoyable. Who knew they could watch their food from the inside of a fridge? Get these remarkable devices today and improve the quality of your lifestyle. 

Resources- Metro, CNET, Smart Living Mop