Many people have been confused into thinking that smart technology is somehow the opposite of green, eco-friendly, when in fact, those two go hand-in-hand. What could be more eco-friendly a thermostat that turns itself down or up when no one is home? Or, garage door openers that open as your car approaches and closes when your car is safely inside? These simple tasks preserve energy, reduce your carbon footprint, and save you money.
However, what many do not realize or even think about is that all automatic garage door openers stay on 24/7. Well, that wasn’t lost on the technicians at Liftmaster, and they have taken steps to combat that waste.
LiftMaster Garage Door Openers
LiftMaster® technicians, knowing garage door openers use more energy waiting to open or close than they do to perform that task, looked at methods to minimize the energy draw in standby mode, also called “phantom load.” Garage door openers use, on average, five to eight watts of electricity in standby mode, and some of the older brands use up to 14 watts. That’s likely as much as the light bulb in the family room.
The good news is the new Liftmaster 8550 garage door openers use only one watt of electricity while waiting to open or close. In their recent article, Blue& Green Tomorrow named LiftMaster the #1 eco-friendly garage door opener.
We, here at the Garage Door Doctor, have known about the security, safety and dependability built into LiftMaster for decades. It has been the only garage door opener we sell for quite some time, though we do install others if a customer buys it and wants it installed. We have even had folks tell us, “I’ll stick with Craftsman or Sears®, they just seem to work better.” Well, the truth is those garage doors are both manufactured by LiftMaster, as is the Wayne Dalton® brand.
Now we know, you are not going to replace your garage door openers with a Liftmaster to save four or five watts of electricity. However, if it’s time to replace the garage door opener at your house, go green with a LiftMaster 8550, and consider the professionals at the Garage Door Doctor for installation.