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Using The Energy Guide Label When Shopping For Appliances

At some point everyone has to buy home appliances and perhaps heating and air conditioning.  Hopefully it ‘s not when you have 3 weeks of laundry to do only to find out that your washing machine is broken. Can you relate?  Can you also relate to wandering around the store gazing over the big yellow labels wondering what they mean? Overall these labels are there for your benefit to help you compare the energy efficiency of various appliances in a particular category.  It gives you the entire range and where a machine fits into that range so you can make an educated decision.  You’ll find these labels on clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, window air conditioners, central air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and pool heaters.

The most important piece of information on these labels is the cost per year to run.  Continue reading

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Induction Cooktops: Better than Gas?

Gas stoves have long been the preferred choice of gourmet cooks because it allows you to have greater control over the heat.  Now there is another choice out there featuring the same precise heat control with the added value of being energy-efficient. As per the Department of Energy, typical efficiency of induction cooktops is 84%, as opposed to 40% with gas and 60% with conventional electric.

Convections have a flat surface making them easier to clean and creating a slicker look, however all of this comes with a price.  A quick check on prices at the Lowes website has inductions costing $1000-$1,200 more than gas, for the stainless versions of the GE and Bosch brands respectively.  Therefore, as always, consider the features you want and your long-term return on investment before making your purchase. Continue reading