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Eco-Broker janeAnna in Asheville, NC writes:

True falseThis Energy Wise True or False Test was delivered with a smile to our client who purchased a wee rustic cabin in the mountains near Asheville with an energy-efficient mortgage.

Certainly, the place was in need of updating. The appliances were about as old as the structure itself, which is to say at least as old as your Great-Grandma, and so our buyer intended to replace them, immediately.

She wanted to know
1) what she could do to find out more about the various appliances on the market, and
2) for what she might be looking . . .

We had checked with the lender hoping that they would pay for an energy rating as part of the costs , but that didn’t work out, so, as a closing gift, we gave her a gift certificate for services from a professional Home Energy Rater who could offer her the expert opinion she needed.

We pointed out that according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, “When buying an appliance, remember that it has two (2) price tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses, and, that being said…just for fun, in her gift card we also placed an amusing Energy Wise True or False Test. (see below)… True or False

1.Federal law requires EnergyGuide labeling of many home appliances.
T ____ F _____

2. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models.
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3. Top-freezer models can use as much as 10-25% less energy than side-by-side refrigerator/freezers.

T ____ F _____

4. Self-cleaning ovens are more insulated than other models , but will NOT save on utility bills.

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5. Front-loading washing machines use approximately one-third of the water that conventional machines use to wash the same size load of clothing.

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6. Gas ovens and ranges use less energy than comparable electric appliances.
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7. The EnergyGuide label gives two pieces of information you can use for comparison of different brands and models when shopping for a new appliances.
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8. Appliances consume a significant portion of energy in the home.
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9. Appliances account for over 80 % of a home’s total energy costs.
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10. The Energy Star® label indicates that an appliance exceeds federal minimum efficiency standards by a specific percentage (15-20% depending on the type of appliance) or consumption level.

T ____ F _____

We’ll provide the answers in a later post.

janeAnne, Green-o-Lina, ePro, ECO, is owner/broker of Asheville, NC Green Land and Homes ECO-Steward Realty, the original and only all Eco-Certified Real Estate Consultants Brokerage.

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