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When it comes to selecting green home appliances the answer may not be as straight forward as you may think. If you are building a new house or your appliance is beyond repair then yes you should go out and find the most efficient model available preferably with an energy star rating, but what makes an appliance truly efficient? Is it just how much electricity it uses on the yellow sticker or is there more to it?
In fact, you should also take into account how much water it will use. How much soap it will use and at what cost. Next, and I think more importantly, how long will the appliance last and how much will it cost to repair. It is all too common for appliances to break with in three to five years. If you throw your washing machine or refrigerator in a land fill when it can be inexpensively saved and then have a new one built and shipped (usually from South Korea) the cost to the planet is far greater. Most common problems in refrigerators Most common problems in dryers Most common problems in household appliances