Where to Get the Best Deals on Energy Saving Appliances
Our society has been through the Stone Age, Iron Age, Bronze Age, Middle Ages and so on. Today, we live in what historians call the Post-Modern Age, yet our era is colloquially known as the Age of Energy. Practically everything we do requires a sophisticated energy source, from cell phones and laptops to transportation and refrigeration of food. Our generation is using energy at an alarming rate and many are interested in doing their part to reduce the amount we consume through energy-efficient appliances and other home upgrades.
Fortunately, all the big-name home improvement stores across the nation have joined the energy-saving bandwagon, offering a wide range of appliances that not only use less energy but produce less harmful output (such as air conditioning units) and cost much less to operate. Energy Star® is the poster-company for this energy-efficient movement and their products can be found at the following stores:
The country’s biggest retailer has over 700 items on sale that are designed to cut energy consumption in your home and save you money in the process. Their Energy Star® appliances range from heating and cooling units, large and small kitchen appliances as well as vacuum cleaners and wine chillers. If you know kids that are heading off to college, Walmart also has Energy Star® portable fridge, freezers, desk lights and fans.
With a vast range of Energy Star® appliances, over 500 to be exact, Sears not only offer Energy Star® rebates but also manufacturer, local utility and federal tax rebates or credits toward your energy-saving purchases. Using a Sears rewards card could provide even further savings. There’s also a calculator program to illustrate just how much you could save over the life of an appliance by switching to an Energy Star® one.
• Home Depot
Providing expert advice on what appliances suit your home and lifestyle best, Home Depot is a part of Eco Options, a program that educates about energy efficiency and helps customers facilitate their home improvements. It has all your basic Energy Star® appliances for the home like washer/dryers, A/C units, kitchen equipment and even
humidifier/dehumidifiers. So far, Home Depot has helped save over 6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity through their sale of Energy Star® products.
With one of the best recycling programs around, Lowe’s knows how to make the most out everyday items and their Energy Star® product range is no different. They have a wide array of energy-efficient home improvements including ceiling fans, water heaters and even Energy Star® qualified entry doors, along with expert staff on hand to help you get the most from your monthly energy bills.
• Best Buy
The shopping hub for new tech, Best Buy is the place for Energy Star® laptops, printers, phones and HD televisions as well as top-of-the-line energy-efficient washers, dryers, fridge/freezers and small kitchen appliances. With their Trade In and Save program, they give you Best Buy gift cards in exchange for your old appliances, electronics and games.
The above stores and plenty more also offer programs that help you receive rebates on the Energy Star® appliances you purchase. Most websites have a rebate-finding interface where you simply enter your zip code and the appliances you want to buy and it will reveal how much money you can get back from improving your home. In addition to this, Energy Star® itself has a special offer/rebate finder on its own website at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=rebate.rebate_locator. Most stores also operate a price-match policy in order to stay competitively priced with other retailers of energy-efficient products; all you need to provide is a printed advertisement or printout from an online competitor to get the same deal.
Guest post contributed by Molly P. an environmentally conscious mom and avid bargain-hunter. She is a contributing writer for Gripevine, a well-known consumer complaint website designed to help the customer service process by allowing consumers a place to tell their story. You can find reviews about the Sears rewards card along with other department store programs and products. Gripevine even has the tools to get your complaint noticed by the right people within the company from which you are making a purchase.
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