With too many brands powered by each aggressive marketing strategies conquering the market, the hapless consumer is confused in his choice of a new energy-efficient home appliance.
If you’re more concerned about your hard-earned money, it’s difficult to choose. In the end, quite often, you end up buying the cheapest item on the market.
The cost of owning a home appliance consists of three essential components, i.e., the initial purchase price, the cost of repair & maintenance, and the cost of operation.
Professional appliance repair can determine how much one spends the entire life of the home appliance; one must necessarily recognize all of these costs.
The instrument with the lowest initial purchase price, or even the best repair record, does not necessarily have to be the one that costs the least to operate.
The more energy-efficient the appliance, the less it costs to operate and the lower your utility bills will be. Using less energy is also good for the environment, and you can reduce air pollution and help conserve natural resources.
Even if two models look the same outside, less obvious inside features can significantly affect your monthly utility bills.
Most of the differences are on the inside-in engines, compressors, pumps, valves, gaskets, seals, or electronic sensors that make more brilliant appliances.
Tips to Shopping
1. Know where to shop.
Appliance stores, electronics stores, and local retailers store different home appliances brands and models. Dealers are also selling devices through print catalogs and the Internet. Do some market research first before going real shopping.
2. Choose the size and the style.
Measure the appliance to ensure that it will fit in the space with you. Make sure you have enough room to open your door or lid entirely and with enough ventilation clearance.
This will help you narrow your choices as you settle for the best capacity and style.
3. To compare the performance of different brands and models.
Take a look at the manufacturer’s product literature. Decide which features are of importance to you. Do not hesitate to ask questions about how the different models operate, their history of repairs, their safety features, the extent of energy consumption, etc.
Manufacturers must use standard test procedures to demonstrate their products’ energy use and efficiency.
4. Estimate how much it will cost to operate the appliance.
The more energy the appliance uses, the more it costs to run. The difference in your monthly utility bill may be significant, especially if the life of the device is longer than ten years.
Even if the purchase price is higher, you can save money over the long run by choosing a more energy-efficient model.
5. Ask about special offers for energy efficiency.
Ask the salesperson about the availability of cash rebates, low-interest loans, or other energy-efficient product purchase incentive programs and explore the possibility of qualifying for such incentives.