When purchasing electronic appliances for your apartment it is important to choose appliances that are both sustainable and affordable in terms of initial cost as well as yearly energy usage costs. Energy demands from our electronic appliances directly impact the environment and the health of our community. The majority of energy created by Fort Collins utilities comes from the combustion of coal which can affect air quality and releases greenhouse gases. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when making your apartment purchases.
Energy Star Certified
ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. Remember that energy star not only applies to large appliances such as dishwashers but also common household items like coffee machines and rice cookers.
- Replace old appliances to save money on future utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Old appliances are inefficient and use a great deal of electricity and water
- Newer appliances are also safer
- Purchase CFL or LED light bulbs
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, CFL’s (compact fluorescent light bulbs) use 75% less energy than regular light bulbs (incandescent)
- Use a clothes line or indoor drying rack for laundry
- Unplug appliances when they are not in use
- Appliances, especially those with clocks and digital displays, pull energy even when you aren’t using them
- Avoid using a space heater
- they use a lot of energy and often pose a fire danger if left unattended.
City Rebate Programs
Be on the lookout for rebates offered by the City for electronic appliances. They are constantly changing and the best way to keep current is to visit the City of Fort Collins’ rebates & programs website.
- For example, you could get a $50 bill credit for purchasing an Energy Star high-efficiency clothes washer as well as a zero-interest loan.
Remember you can always take your personal appliances with you when you leave the on campus apartments. If you purchased energy star appliances you will reap the benefits of the energy efficiency on your future monthly energy bills.
If you ever have any questions or need help with ideas please contact the Sustainability Coordinator for Housing & Dining Services, Timothy Broderick, at Tim.Broderick@colostate.edu