Green construction is growing rapidly because it is an alternative to expensive polluting fossil fuels in view of global climate change. Green aspects include helping the environment and can increase the amount of green (money) in one’s wallet. Today there is an enormous push toward investing in green technology and implementing green appliance usage and devices in older homes, newer homes and even homes under construction. There is also a push in the United States to decrease its dependence on fossil fuels to combat climate change, decrease pollution, the trade imbalance, and dependence of foreign oil. The objective of this paper is to explore a selection of green appliances on the market and how investing in them now will pay off in future years to come.
Air Conditioning Alternatives
Air conditioning is an amenity that many homeowners value. It is one appliance in homes and businesses that uses a large amount of electricity. An AC system represents half of the energy use in a building (Perez-Lombard 2011). Although it is hard to establish a universal system design due to the differences in building design, HVAC (heating ventilating and cooling) units are becoming more efficient then they were in the past. Modern day systems can intelligently pump air into rooms based on occupancy, thus eliminating the need to cool or heat an unoccupied room and dramatically reducing the cost of cooling and the demand on the power grid (Demetriou 2009). A large number of smart sensors and controls can be retro fitted to HVAC units to provide such capabilities (Valenti 2002). HVAC systems pull a large amount of power from the power grid. Although smart grid technology is starting to become popular, HVAC systems need to be used wisely. This means using smart technology. With intelligent HVAC systems the homeowner is offered a programmable thermostat according to time and temperature at which they want the home. Some thermostats can even graph the power usage of the HVAC.
Washing Machine and Clothes Dryer Alternatives
In the 2009 Building Energy Handbook, washing machines showed to take up 3.7% of total residential energy power. The handbook also explains over 80% of U.S households have a washing machine (Bansal et al. 2011). Most of the energy that is used in a load of wash is for heating water. Moving away from old washing machines and switching to newer high efficiency machines with the conjunction of high efficiency soap can really save money and reduce power consumption. The noticeable difference in high efficiency washing machines is the soil sensor that can actually see dirt and know when a garment is clean. Similar to a human eye the sensor can see when there is no longer dirt in the water and stop the wash load. These sensors also detect the type of clothes in the washing machine and set the wash settings accordingly. The settings vary and could include, amount of water, rate of spin, amount of spin, water to detergent ratio and even wash...