Everyone needs appliances, or at least, everyone needs a core few appliances to store and cook food, and many of us have our own washer and dryer as well. And then there’s the slew of can’t-live-without-it things that might not really fall into the “necessity” category, but make your life a lot easier. If you’re in the market for an appliance of any kind, it’s a good idea, before committing, to look into the product’s energy efficiency. Many companies are more than happy to tell you the energy-saving specs of their products now that more and more people are becoming conscious of conserving energy. While they might cost a bit extra, the right appliance can be a very wise investment as it reduces your energy bills over the years.
The trouble is, many items with cutting-edge green technology are very pricey, and aren’t really worth it, even if you factor in the long-term energy savings. Sometimes it might seem that you have to choose between the two greens–the earth and the contents of your wallet–but that’s not always the case. Many mainstream-brand appliances are jumping on the Energy Star bandwagon, and as energy efficiency technology evolves, the prices of green appliances should continue to drop. We’ve compiled here some of the more modestly priced common appliances that have a green twist. There’s also one item that you might not find stateside, but might inspire some green trends.