My home is 5 years old, and all my appliances have the Energy Star label, from my dishwasher to my refrigerator. Although they are more expensive, I find I save money and time by having them in my home. The most recent Energy Star purchase I made was my GE Profile washer and dryer last November of 2009. I have literally cut my laundry time in half. I feel the pros outweigh the cons in owning these appliances.
First, energy costs are decreased. The gas and electrical bills of my home have decreased from owning Energy Star appliances. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Energy Star appliances can reduce your home appliance energy usage, and costs, by as much as 10 to 50 percent.” This savings adds up over a period of time.
Secondly, Energy Star appliances are environmentally friendly. They “reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and our reliance on dwindling fossil fuel resources and foreign oil.” This is quoted from sources at the Washington Post. Going “green” and protecting our environment are big issues right now. Having Energy Star appliances helps to contribute to this cause.
Thirdly, Energy Star appliances are more convenient. I have experienced this first hand. I can wash more clothes in a single load and dry them faster with my Energy Star washer and dryer. This saves me money and time.
Fourthly, my Energy Star appliances have enhanced performances. The noise levels are lower, and they reduce water usage. They outperform standard appliances, because they are technologically advanced. My dishwasher is so quiet, that sometimes I forget that it is on.
Finally, they seem to be more durable. This will also save consumers money in the long run. They have fewer mechanical problems and a longer shelf life. I have not had a single problem with any of my Energy Star appliances in all the time I have owned them. Owning Energy Star appliances has only been a positive experience.