New Energy Efficient Appliances Perform Better

appliancesAccording to a new report, newer appliances are not only more efficient, they actually perform better. Newer appliances also frequently include new features. The report, conducted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, was released in late May 2013.

The report also states that product prices have stayed the same in many cases, or even have declined as efficiency has improved.  For those appliances that cost more now, the electricity bill savings outweigh the price increases, say the authors.

“Everyone knows that replacing your old appliance with a new, more efficient model will save you money on your utility bills,” said Steven Nadel, ACEEE executive director. “What this report shows is that consumers haven’t had to sacrifice good performance or new features in exchange for improved efficiency.”

“From light bulbs to refrigerators to air conditioners, today’s products save energy and money while delivering performance that equals or beats the products they replaced,” said Joanna Mauer, ASAP senior researcher and lead author of the report. “In addition, consumers can choose from new features that were not even available in the old, inefficient versions.”

You can download the report or get more information here.

Over 1000 Congregations Preached-In

This past weekend, more than 1000 congregations nationwide participated in our Preach-In on Global Warming. People of faith all across the country heard the message that climate change is a moral issue.

“In the face of potentially catastrophic climate change, it is crucial that religious leaders engage their faith communities in conversation about our religious obligation to protect the earth,” said Rabbi Linda Motzkin, who serves Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs and also sits on the board of New York Interfaith Power and Light.

“The annual Preach-In is an opportunity for many congregations that never hear about climate change to become aware of the dangers we face and the need to take action,” said Sister Mary Ann Garisto, a Sister of Charity who serves on New York Interfaith Power and Light’s board. “As Christians and as people of faith we must realize that it is a moral issue, and we need to be concerned about what’s happening to our earth,” she said.

In addition to hearing sermons and participating in discussions on climate change, congregations sent tens of thousands of valentines to President Obama asking him to “love the earth” and to keep his promise to have an impact on climate change.