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4 Ways to Green Your Home: Appliances

GBCI: 0920011614

This course is presented in an ARTICLE format.
According to ENERGY STAR, there are two price tags attached to appliances: the price paid to purchase the item and the cost of operating it. The cost of operation includes maintenance, water, and energy expenses.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

LEED version: v4

Published on: December 28, 2016

Average: 3.7 (6 votes)


ENERGY STAR appliances can use anywhere from 10 to 50%less energy than standard appliances and are also water efficient, using as much as 67% less water.
Most homes are filled with energy-using appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, and entertainment appliances, such as TV’s, home theaters, computers, and stereos. Learn the pros and cons of switching to ENERGY START appliances.

**These articles are part of our book The ROOTs of a Greener Home. The home owner version (not eligible for any CE credit) can be purchased from Amazon as a gift or for viewing on your favorite device. For more information please visit www.GBRIonline.org/ROOTS.


  1. Explore the concept of ENERGY STAR
  2. Explore the benefits of ENERGY STAR appliances
  3. Understand the pros and cons associated with using ENERGY STAR
  4. Look at the estimated cost savings associated with ENERGY STAR
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
San Antonio, TX
United States

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Total 7 commentsLeave a comment

Sr.Electrical Engineer, Hyder-Arcadis Consulting Middle East

It gives basic energy tips on commonly used house products and also ensure to go with branded products with energy star rating

Landscape Arch, Dar Al-Handasah

Simple and practical, well organized and summarized into points

MEP Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Basic tips on how to save Energy by using ENERGY STAR appliances.

Territory Manager, Argos USA

basic information

Engineer, Smith Miller & Associates

Great info for everyday life.

Project Manager, Design and Construction, Judicial Council of California

Great information for homeowners.

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The primary advantages of this Course are that it provides information efficiently and directly. I also appreciated the article format because this makes it easier to download and archive for future reference. On the other hand, I found some of the print (white on yellow) difficult to read, and, although the provided information covers a wide range of decision-making criteria, the graphic layouts could cause confusion.

Although the majority of the people taking this Course are likely to be doing so for professional reasons, (particularly in reference to LEED for Homes), the content is also appropriate for the much larger consumer population. The introduction refers to a GBRI book available on Amazon. I gave this Course a 4-star rating because of the overall quality of the information and the relevance of the material to the residential consumer.

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