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Energy Efficient Appliances
Did you know that the average home causes more air pollution than the average car?  One way we can significantly decrease the damaged caused by modern homes, is through the use of energy-efficient appliances.  Energy-efficient appliances are beneficial for our environment in multiple ways; they reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and our reliance on dwindling fossil fuel resources and foreign oil.  According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, if every home in America was using energy-efficient major appliances, we could remove the need of 25 power plants!

These appliances aren’t just good for the environment; they’re also beneficial for the owner.  These appliances can usually handle more laundry per load, so the time you spend doing your laundry can be significantly reduced.  Your utility bills will also be reduced; owners of energy-efficient appliances save an average of $400 per year and qualify for an energy tax credit.  The initial cost of one of these appliances might be slightly higher, but the payoff is well worth it.

When purchasing an energy-efficient appliance, there are a few things to keep in mind.  Measure the space that your appliance will fit in before going out shopping.  Read the energy label to compare efficiency among brands.  Consider all things in your home that can be more energy efficient.  Remember, the best way to conserve energy in your home is through a combination of improvements, from simple things like using compact fluorescent bulbs, to more labor intensive projects like energy efficient windows and insulation.
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