Gallery: GREEN HOME 101 – Buying Water Saving Appliances

 

This blue planet we call home is covered in water – from majestic mountain lakes, to expansive seas, to windy creeks, to home faucet flows. With a seemingly endless supply of fresh potable water coming through our pipes each day, its easy to remember that the Earth’s Surface is 71% H2O, but difficult to articulate how our individual consumption habits contribute to worldwide water shortages and pollution. With the average US citizen consuming between 100 gallons per day, according to the EPA, we continue to drink up, soak up, and waste up, this finite resource, even as one third of the world’s population live in countries experiencing moderate to high water stress. But don’t fret just yet. Read on to find out how you can minimize your water consumption through smart choices in appliances >

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  1. Jeanne Reslan October 2, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I just bought an energy efficient washer and dryer. We are really please with it and feel like it was an investment well-made!

    I read the above comment by Steve and agree very much that the most energy efficient path is to wait until the old one breaks. I used to buy “gently used” washers and dryers, but often times they just didn’t work the best for the electricity efficiency.

    Great post – thanks.

    Jeanne Reslan
    http://www.ecolabelfundraising.com

  2. Steve N. Lee October 2, 2008 at 3:07 am

    I’d never heard of Watersense, so it was good to learn of that. And the advice to remember that up-front costs will likely be off-set by energy savings is sound, but the greenest decision you can make when looking to buy a new appliance is NOT to do so unless your current equipment has broken beyond repair.

    Many people buy things they don’t need, just to upgrade their equipment or to remodel their home or simply because they’re bored. (Okay, people don’t generally get bored with their washing machine, so change it, but they do with their bathroom and throw out perfectly good equipment just because they want a new look. Also, if a dishwasher doesn’t fit in with a new colour scheme or layout of their house because of its size, they will change it.)

    The greenest thing you can do is delay investing in any new appliance until the old one breaks. Unless the old one is absolutely ancient, it’s lower efficiency will more than be offset by the resources wasted in junking it and in those used to produce its replacement.

    Plus, you can always green them – put a brick in your toilet’s cistern; set the washer on the lowest heat setting you can; only use your dishwasher with a full load. There are many, many websites offering a wealth of such advice.

    But the best green advice is simply don’t buy unless you have to.

    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog http://www.lionsledbysheep.com
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’

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