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Greener Machines Saving People Money

When people are cooking at home, one would think that all you are paying for is the groceries to make the home-cooked meal. But, have you ever thought about how it actually costs to run your microwave or favorite espresso machine? Maryland-based firm Savenia Labs shows that some household technology cost more money to operate than other appliances.

The lab tested many common kitchen appliances from coffee makers to blenders based off of market research. The labs simply asked people, “What do you use to make food in your kitchen?” From there, the lab went and bought a whole bunch of appliances and tested it up to and past the code of the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency. Savenia tests the machines for insulation, corrosion, and how much electricity is needed for the machine to run, among other things.

Courtesy of: SaveniaLabs.com

Courtesy of: SaveniaLabs.com

After the machines are tested, they are labeled with a sticker that notes the appliance’s carbon footprint, which measures the amount of carbon dioxide that the machine requires to run for its lifetime. The data for each product is also different because of the different power sources that are used to control items in various parts of the country. This testing goes along with the EPA’s testing for energy cost (the amount of energy used) over time, and how much a person’s financial cost will be to run the product.

When going out to buy a kitchen product, Savenia Labs suggests combining the actual cost of the appliance with its lifetime energy cost to determine whether to buy the product. Also, consumers can use more green technology from solar hot water heaters to wind-powered electricity. The lab also suggests that when going out to buy an appliance to think green, not in color, but in saving energy.

by Scott Sincoff

  • Dec 7th, 2011 at 09:50 | #1

    Good that someone invented decent power preserving kitchen utensils. The energy bill is getting a problem lately.

  • D.James
    Jan 29th, 2012 at 00:00 | #2

    Hi,
    Look at this sustainable energy power generation concept for the home, it will provide an output of 2.8Kw and do it 24 x 7, does not need the sun or wind and one huge spin off is that it can heat or cool your home as required.

  • D.James
    Jan 29th, 2012 at 00:02 | #3

    Sorry forgot to post the URL :
    http://tinyurl.com/6o73ps7

  • Jul 2nd, 2012 at 09:43 | #4

    As for me I got it years ago, that using a great number of machines in the kitchen won’t do. So I try to use 3-4 kinds of facilities. That really helps. My bills are shorter. I can’t get one thing – what is more important to use less electricity or the amount of carbon dioxide that the machine requires to run for its lifetime? Can you help me? Or both are important?

  • Jul 16th, 2012 at 07:29 | #5

    Using less electricity is the major thing! Solar technology is entering our houses and I’m happy about it. Welcome!

  • Jul 31st, 2012 at 09:37 | #6

    This a very useful article!
    My wife is my watcher. She always reminds me to switch off the light if I’m not using it. Not I see how important this is. Every little thing can make impact. There are over 6 billion people already so this little things are a very huge problem!

  • Sep 7th, 2012 at 15:05 | #7

    The greener machines may use less energy bu usually are more trouble to recycle than the old ones.

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