The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Affiliate links are used. However, all opinions in this post on how to save money and energy with ENERGY STAR® Sound Bars and Dryers is my own.
Every time I look at my monthly bills, I get a little depressed. It seems like the cost of things like electricity and gas keep going up. Yet, my monthly budget remains pretty close to the same.
While there might be a few places where we ‘waste’ energy (e.g. certain boys not closing the back door all the way allowing heat to dribble out), there are few things we can do to change our consumption.
Well, I should say few things besides taking a look at newer technology for everyday appliances. Like our slide in range that takes forever to get up to temperature for the oven.
Have you heard the term “vampire” appliance? Well, basically it is anything that drains energy even when you are not using it. Lucky for us, manufacturers are being proactive in designing appliances that can energy efficient in all stages: on, sleep or idle.
What if a careful selection of a new appliance could:
* help with saving money on your utility bill?
* reduce energy usage to help protect the environment?
* support a company committed to sustainability?
How to Save Money and Energy with ENERGY STAR
Sound bars and dryers are two of the different products that can help you save money and energy with ENERGY STAR.
In my house, we often are streaming music or even just playing a CD for everyone to enjoy. I count the ability as a perk of living in this digital age. Yet, I’ve started thinking about how many devices end up being “on” to make it happen. If I forget to unplug the HDMI cable to our TV, we end up with almost our entire audio visual set up operational just for a little music.
ENERGY STAR certified audio/video equipment is up to 50 percent more efficient than conventional models. This includes sound bars! Consumers can maximize their energy savings by bundling ENERGY STAR certified televisions and sound bars and other products.
And when it comes to an appliance that gets run a LOT in most households, the humble dryer can be a huge energy user. More than 80% of households in the US have a dryer.
ENERGY STAR certified dryers use 20 percent less energy than conventional models without sacrificing features or performance. They do this using innovative energy saving technologies, such as moisture sensors that detect when clothes are dry and automatically shut the dryer off. Many ENERGY STAR dryers also include convenient features, such as steam cycles that can help save time on ironing clothes by preventing wrinkles.
Did you know that if all clothes dryers sold in the US were ENERGY STAR certified, Americans could save $1.5 billion each year in utility costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 2 million vehicles.
Getting What you Need to Save Money and Energy with ENERGY STAR
Wondering where to go shopping for all these nifty appliances?
When it comes to my appliance shopping, Best Buy is where I typically end up going. They have an awesome selection and their staff is typically quite helpful.
I recently learned a few interesting facts about ENERGY STAR® products and Best Buy for data from 2015:
The number of ENERGY STAR® certified products sold at Best Buy was enough to collectively save our customers $67,120,515 in annual energy costs.
Best Buy sold enough ENERGY STAR® certified products to collectively save enough energy to help power 70,538 households for a year.
ENERGY STAR® certified Audio Equipment and Sound Bars sold in 2015 were enough to collectively help prevent the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 2,013 cars from the road for an entire year.
Now, I know that some people might be scratching their heads wondering how spending money on a new appliance will save them money. After al,l there is an upfront cost to buying that shiny new appliance.
First off, you can look at the labels of each product to see not only the appliance’s cost to purchase but also the cost of operating the product. In addition to the reduced energy consumption, rebates are often available from utilities for smart home products and appliances. Find rebates in your area for energy-saving products.
How old are the appliances in your house?
Is it time to upgrade to something from the ENERGY SMART product line for increased performance and energy savings?