Appliances

Spartan delivers Energy Star
In 1992, EPA introduced Energy Star, a voluntary labeling program to help consumers easily find the most energy-efficient products to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EPA partners with the DOE to evaluate appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and even homes and office buildings for the Energy Star label.

The Energy Star label means that a product meets or exceeds strict energy-efficiency guidelines established by the EPA and DOE.

Spartan supplies the most efficient washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, and heating and cooling units.

We also remind our clients that not all Energy Star appliances are created equal, so work with Spartan Building Scientists to determine the  efficiency between models and what you are willing to pay. There are the “Laws of Diminishing Returns”   that say that making it our goals to choose appliances and their functions to save 1/3 of your power bill.

Appliances use one-fifth of household electricity
Appliances account for about 20% -30% of all residential electrical consumption, according to the government’s energy office. Buying Energy Star models when they are available and simply reducing the size and number of appliances (one refrigerator, not two) are good strategies for trimming power use.
When you’re looking for a new appliance, buy the most energy-efficient model possible to save energy, save money, and curb emissions.
The US consumes nearly one million dollars’ worth of energy every minute, according to the Department of Energy (DOE). By choosing high-efficiency appliances over conventional models, last year’s US consumers saved $12 billion on utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 23 million cars.
Appliances are significant ongoing users of energy and potable water. Federal standards for some appliances are helping to ensure that certain new appliances will be far more efficient than models they are replacing, but some manufacturers offer products that significantly exceed federal standards. Many of the most efficient appliances come from Europe, where energy is more expensive than in North America.

Washing machines
Horizontal-axis clothes-washing machines have long been the standard among commercial-quality washers and in Europe. They use much less water than the typical American top-loader, are gentler on the clothes, use less detergent, wash more effectively, and—because they spin faster—remove more of the moisture from a load of laundry, which reduces the amount of energy needed for drying.

Dishwashers
Seek out an efficient dishwasher that meets the convenience and feature requirements—and don’t use energy-guzzling features, such as heat drying, when it isn’t necessary. Most models have a water-saving cycle that should be used for lightly soiled dishes or partial loads (though it usually makes the most sense to wash only full loads). Note that hand-washing dishes may use more water and energy than a dishwasher, depending on how one does the hand-washing.

Refrigerators
Driven by national standards, the energy efficiency of refrigerators has improved greatly over the past few decades. Unfortunately, a common practice when buying a new refrigerator is to keep the older one for storing beer and soda; this practice should be avoided. In general, refrigerators in the 16- to 20-cubic-foot range tend to be most efficient (because these are the most popular sizes, this is where manufacturers invest the most R&D funding), as are those with freezers on top or bottom instead of side-by-side. Avoid extra convenience features like ice-makers unless they’ll be used frequently.