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We have been using home appliances for the better part of the last century to help us perform household functions such as cooking and cleaning. Home appliances are commonly classified into two major categories, white goods and brown goods. White goods refer to major appliances such as air conditioners, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and microwave ovens. Brown goods are small appliances such as TV's, CD and DVD players, camcorders, clocks, video game consoles, coffee makers, toasters,blenders, and telephones. Small appliances are referred to as brown appliances because some of these appliances were originally finished to look like wood.

Major appliances, or white goods, are normally used for routine housekeeping tasks and are powered by either gas or electricity. It does not take any special skills or knowledge to utilize major appliances and heavy tools are normally required for repair. White goods have become more technically complex to meet the demands of Energy Labeling rules, which has caused major appliances to become increasingly more energy efficient. Major appliances are usually set in a fixed place and require a higher electrical supply than a household outlet can provide. When considering a major appliance purchase, you must consider the need for electrical power along with where the appliance will be installed in your home. White goods are more like permanent fixtures than small appliances.

Small appliances, or brown goods, are portable, tabletop or countertop appliances that assist in performing simple household jobs. Small appliances differ from portable electronic devices that provide entertainment as their only function. Most small appliances are electric and get their energy from being plugged into a wall outlet. Some small appliances are battery powered or even gas powered in case electricity is unavailable. Gas powered appliances are larger to accommodate a gas tank and may not be as portable as other appliances. It is important to remember to make sure your small appliances are functioning properly because a defective unit could cause a house fire. Small appliances are common and therefore relatively inexpensive. When purchasing a small appliance, it is important to consider the function and power needs of your small appliances to avoid house fires and get maximum efficiency from your unit.