Green Appliances

Look for green appliances that display the international symbol Energy Star.

Products that display the ENERGY STAR symbol have been tested according to prescribed procedures and have been found to meet or exceed higher energy efficiency levels without compromising performance.

Remember this phrase…the less energy consumed, the less is generated and fewer pollutants are emitted.

A household’s average energy consumption for electric household appliances is about 13%. Today’s refrigerators use 75% less energy than models from 25 years ago.

Energy savings at home is where you can find advice, tools and inspiration to help you save and buy green appliances. 


Reduce your energy costs by installing the Urban Cultivator to grow your own 100% organic fresh herbs directly from your kitchen and this for 365 days a year.

’Designed to take the latest and best hydroponic growing technology and package it in an attractive high quality appliance.’’

This appliance uses a dishwasher space and offers attractive, different and healthier features.

Options to purchase such as frosted glass of the door or essence of the Butcher block wood are available to match perfectly with your décor.

Varieties of 26 different seeds such as coriander and Lemongrass, along with nutrients are sold by the supplier at affordable prices. According from the manufacturer of Urban Cultivator, you will recoup your investment of 2499$ CN within three years of your purchase. This is the most green appliance that I know!

Videos and product’s tour will inspire the Chef’s in you.


A refrigerator is an appliance that is unhealthy for the environment because of the Freon it contains. Here is a buying guide for your ENERGY STAR® refrigerator.

  • Ask for an ENERGY STAR® approved model.
  • Use the ENERGUIDE to estimate the appliance’s yearly operation costs.
  • A refrigerator with a top-mount freezer uses 10-25% less energy than a bottom-mount or side-by-side freezer.
  • 16-20 cubic foot models are the most energy efficient.
  • Automatic ice-makers and through-the-door dispensers increase energy use by 14-20%.

When deciding where to install your refrigerator, plan to leave a few inches between the refrigerator, the wall and the cabinets so there is better air circulation. For the best results for the installation and use of your refrigerator, be sure to read all the manufacturer’s specifications.

Keep the refrigerator’s temperature between 35˚ and 38˚ F and that of the freezer at 0˚ F and limit the frequency that doors are opened.

To get rid of your old fridge, there are certain programs you can check into such as RECYC-FRIGO which comes without charge to get your old refrigerator (10 years old or more) and sends you $30 by mail for your ecological commitment to go with green appliances.


Not only will you save money for the water heater, but you will also consume less water with an ENERGY STAR® green appliance. Why rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher? Personally, I don’t rinse. I do save on water and the water heater and my dishes come out clean anyway.

Start your dishwasher only when it is full and be sure to clean out the filter, if there is one, regularly.

Certain manufacturers have models with one or two drawers, which is just brilliant. With two drawers you are able to use just one drawer at a time and they offer washing options which save energy. Don’t forget that washing dishes by hand uses more energy and wastes more water.

This photo shows a kitchen I designed for a client who brought the option of the drawer type dishwasher to my attention.


A range hood plays an important role in interior air quality.

You should choose an ENERGY STAR® hood with a CFM (cubic feet per minute) that corresponds to your cooking needs, whether your stove is electric or gas and whether it will be wall-mounted or over an island. When buying a hood, all these details should be talked over with a salesperson in order to get the maximum performance from your hood.

CFM (cubic feet per minute) capacity indicates the amount of air, in cubic feet, which is removed in a minute. Be sure to look for an Energy Star® Qualified appliance that meets the ENERGY STAR energy efficiency requirements.


Range hoods with an integrated microwave oven can be installed in place of a regular range hood. They have an air evacuation system and provide lighting for your cooking surface. This product can also include convection cooking.

It is a system that I use a lot in my kitchen designs because it maximizes the use of existing spaces and is very practical for cooking. But be careful to do your research on the ENERGY STAR® models and each product’s efficiency. If you do a lot of cooking this might not be the best ventilating solution for your needs.

CLOTHES WASHER for consumer

‘’If every clothes washer purchased in the U.S. this year earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save 540 million kWh of electricity, 20 billion gallons of water, and 1.4 trillion BTUs of natural gas every year, resulting in energy bill savings of about $250 million, every year.’’ (Source: Energy Star)

Consider the following :

  • Use less energy. One the average, a new ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 270 KWh of electricity and costs $85 to run, each year.
  • Use less water. A full-sized ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 15 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by a standard machine. Over the machine's lifetime, that's a savings of 27,000 gallons of water!!
  • Is your washer over 10 years old? It's estimated that there are 76 million top-loading washers with agitators, 25 million of which are at least 10 years old, still in use across the country. Washers manufactured before 1998 are significantly less efficient than newer models. Together, these inefficient washers cost consumers $2.8 billion each year in energy and water.

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