BE COOL: DACOR'S ENERGY-EFFICIENT REFRIGERATORS HELP REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
According to ENERGY STAR®, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that sets higher-than-average standards for household appliances, electronics and commercial products, the amount of energy used by home appliances and electronics can add up to about 20% of the home’s energy bills, which can amount to almost $2,000 a year for the typical family.
Additionally, because of frequent usage, the home is responsible for approximately 30% percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Whenever we use energy for heating, cooking, lighting or in-home electrical appliances, we are indirectly burning fossil fuels, which release large amounts of CO2 and other gases into the environment, adversely affecting the earth’s atmosphere. This is why home energy efficiency is critical.
Everyone needs to take an active role integrating energy-saving practices into the daily routine in order to limit greenhouse gases, preserve the environment and reduce our carbon footprint. And by simply making small investments in our homes, we can all help safeguard the future of our planet.
Today, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of resources available that offer tips on how to save energy in the home, including turning down the temperature on the water heater, replacing incandescent light bubs with compact fluorescents, sealing drafty windows or upgrading to ENERGY STAR® Qualified appliances. These measures can save money while also saving the environment.
ENERGY STAR® Qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10%–50% less energy and water than standard models of select household appliances including clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, room air conditioners, water heaters and dehumidifiers.
This spring, Dacor® introduces new Epicure® and Integrated 36” Freestanding Cabinet Depth Bottom Freezer Refrigerators that meet the 2008 ENERGY STAR® guidelines with a 20% energy-efficient compressor, using less energy than a 60 watt light bulb, saving energy in your home and reducing your carbon footprint.
ENERGY STAR® Qualified refrigerator models use high-efficiency compressors, improved insulation and more precise temperature controls and defrost mechanisms to improve energy efficiency. These refrigerators use at least 20% less energy than required by current federal standards and 40% less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001. In 2008, the DOE revised the energy conservation standards for residential refrigerators, which resulted in substantial energy savings with additional benefits to homeowners as well as reductions in emissions.
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The new Epicure and Integrated 36” Freestanding Cabinet-Depth Bottom Freezer Refrigerators brilliantly merge accessibility and functionality with an innovative modular design system that allows you to customize each model to fit your personal style and an easy-to-use control panel, which helps monitor the internal temperatures of the multi-zone system.
New models are available in a sleek stainless steel finish or fitted with an overlay to match existing cabinetry for a completely finished look, the food storage units feature a convenient French door that provides full access to the spacious interior. The storage units feature a slide-out hanging deli drawer and two crisper drawers with individual adjustable temperature/humidity controls that help maintain the ideal preservation environment to guarantee optimum freshness of produce and meat.
Easy-to-navigate front-mounted electronic controls provide accurate temperature readouts, with sensors to alert when the internal temperature increases, when the water filter needs to be changed or if the door is left ajar for several minutes, ensuring the freshest food and energy efficiency. The redesigned control overlay features a humidity control switch to help better conserve energy. An internal water dispenser mounted on the inside wall provides a continued supply of fresh, cool filtered water.
The bottom freezer drawer glides open effortlessly with a rack and pinion system and boasts a larger capacity than most freezers, with full wire baskets that keep frozen food organized and easily accessible. The freezer drawer includes an upper freezer basket, a new front-to-back ice pan and divider and a lower freezer basket divider. And with fresh food storage on top and the freezer underneath, you will have to bend less frequently to reach the items that are used more often, so you’re using less energy as well.
Learn more details about the new Dacor Epicure and Integrated 36” Freestanding Cabinet-Depth Bottom Freezer Refrigerators.
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