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Best energy efficient appliances of 2015

Matthew Grocoff

October 29, 2015

By: Matthew Grocoff, Green Renovation Expert

In: Green LivingAppliances

Once you get started researching energy efficient appliances, you can quickly go insane with the dizzying array of information. And the salespeople at the big box store generally don't make your life any easier. I get regular messages from people begging me, "just please . . . tell me which appliances to buy!"

To find the most energy efficient appliances, my two go-to sources have always been the Energy Star Product Finder and TopTenUsa. Recently, TopTenUsa became part of Enervee. Enervee is a consumers' dream come true. It gives you all the information you need to pick the best energy efficient products. By giving the products a score based on performance and cost savings over the life of the product, you can easily decipher which products are best for you. Enervee's easy-to-understand sliding scale rates each product as Not Good, Good, Very Good or Ideal.

Enervee also breaks the search down by state so you can find the product you're looking for at the best price nearest you. I've always found amazing deals on the Sears Outlet Store website for many of the most energy efficient appliances. For example, a refurbished top rate Whirlpool dryer is available for 50% off the regular retail price.

Below is my virtual personal appliance shopper for you to find the best energy efficient appliances. My picks are what I believe are ideal for most people. If you want a smaller or bigger TV, fridge, or washer you can find hundreds of other choices on enervee.com. Find the best deals on the products below and save yourself any further research.

Refrigerators

Kenmore 60604 is an 18.1 cubic foot refrigerator with a top freezer. It uses only 363 kWh, about 70% less energy than a fridge from only ten years ago. If you need a slightly larger fridge, consider the Kenmore 60629 at 20 cubic feet with a top refrigerator. At its larger size this fridge still keeps the energy load down to 389 kWh per year. And if you still need a larger fridge . . . consider not shopping at a warehouse store for your food. Buying bulk may not actually be cheaper when you consider the energy cost of storing the food in your giant refrigerator.

Clothes dryers

The Whirlpool WED99HEDW is a 7.3 cubic feet front load clothes dryer. It uses only 531 kWh per year, compared to 900 - 1400 kWh for a similar size conventional electric clothes dryer.

You can read my article about the introduction of the Whirlpool Heat Pump Dryer here.

Clothes washers

Kenmore 41162 is a 4.28 cubic feet clothes washer that uses a stingy 90 kWh per year (that's less than your cable box - see TVs below).

Dishwashers

Bosch SHE9ER55UC is the quietest, most powerful, and most water and energy efficient dishwasher out there. It is a lot more expensive than other dishwashers, but this one is worth the splurge. It uses only 200 kWh per year and only 2.9 gallons of water per load.

Televisions

Vizio E48C2 is a 48" 1080p, 16:9 LED Television. It uses a meager 58 kWh per year and saves $120 over 5 years. Consider that your lousy cable box could be using over 100 kWh a year and you realize how good this TV is. Learn more about how much cable box is stealing from you in my piece " Is your cable box stealing money from you?"

Check out the Enervee website for an easy to follow list of the best of the best in energy efficient appliances.

Want even more? You can also check out "Energy stars best of 2015."

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