Bottom-freezer refrigerator with water dispenser Manufacturer: GE Appliances Estimated retail price: $2,699 Features: Electronic temperature...
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Bottom-freezer refrigerator with water dispenser
Manufacturer: GE Appliances
Estimated retail price: $2,699
Features: Electronic temperature controls and quiet design
Green benefits: It's got the Energy Star seal of approval, which means it uses at least 15 percent less energy per year than similar models.
Single DishDrawer dishwasher
Manufacturer: Fisher & Paykel
Estimated retail price: $839
Features: Allows you to wash half-loads of dishes in what looks like a large kitchen drawer. If you need more capacity, you can buy another DishDrawer to combine the two.
Green benefits: An Energy Star-certified product, the DishDrawer uses about 2 gallons of water per load, about 17 percent less than a normal dishwasher.
Duet front-loading washer
Manufacturer suggested retail price: $1,299 to $1,399
Features: Automatic water-level control sets water flow to the minimum amount needed per load.
Green benefits: Energy Star-certified and uses up to 73 percent less energy than similar models.
Speed Clean dishwasher
Features: Half-load wash option, sound-insulation package
Green benefits: As an Energy Star-certified product, the dishwasher exceeds the federal minimum standard for energy consumption by at least 40 percent.
Ultrarare drying cabinet
Features: Will dry clothes that don't need to be thrown in the dryer — such as wet hats, gloves and work shirts.
Green benefits: It's described as energy-efficient because it saves time in the clothes dryer, which uses more energy.
Features: Induction stovetops use electricity to produce a magnetic field, turning the pan into the heating element.
Green benefits: Induction stovetops, in general, are considered to be up to 70 percent more energy-efficient than standard stovetops.
Source: Albert Lee Appliance
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