The home is finished; it is constructed from the ground up. From the foundation to the insulation to the paint on the walls, and the water purification systems in place it is all energy efficient so far. But the only thing missing is appliances, which is a huge part of a household’s energy. Net Zero provides Energy Star appliances with every home to complete the Green Building. Appliances typically use around 20% of a household’s energy. Almost every homeowner has had to get a new appliance because their old one wasn’t working, or was working inefficiently. Energy Star appliances have been rated to improve appliances quality, and to cut on energy costs. The organization’s symbol is a new way of identifying products and homes that are energy efficient.
Most homes come with a standard set of kitchen appliances: refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, and oven. Along with other appliances: washer, dryer, bath fans, etc. All of these products use up a lot of energy. They usually remain plugged in and running, so they are constantly using energy twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and three hundred and sixty-five days a year. Most of the appliances in a home never come unplugged, this increases energy in the home, and most of all increases energy bills. Having more energy efficient equipment and appliances can help cut down on costs, and the environment. The majority of Energy Star appliances are around 20% more energy efficient than previous standard models. The Energy Star dishwasher uses around 5.8 gallons of water per cycle, which is less than a standard dishwasher that would use around 10 gallons per cycle. An Energy Star refrigerator can cost $40 a year to run, while the old standard model may cost $117 a year or more.
Now having energy efficient appliances won’t cut down on the bills completely, but it does help in the long run. It doesn’t just help on money saving, but it helps on how much energy is given off into the environment, or how much perishable energy is lost when using appliances. Net Zero offers Energy Star appliances upon building a home, this way the home is completely Green Building and that way no energy is wasted. Their dedication to promoting a greener environment starts from the foundation to the simplest equipment in the home. Every little bit is to save money on the household but to also save energy for the environment.