Angie's How To Shop Energy Star

Date Published: Nov. 12, 2019

Time: 15 Minutes

Replacing your current appliances with Energy Star appliances will significantly reduce the energy usage in your home, help reduce air pollution and help conserve natural resources. Plus, Energy Star appliances will lower your utility bills and save you money!

1 When you're buying a new appliance, remember that the cost of owning an appliance has three components:

The initial purchase price, the cost of repairs and maintenance, and the cost to operate it. The lowest sales price is not always the cheapest.

2 Look for the yellow-and-black EnergyGuide label displayed on most appliances.

The Federal Trade Commission's Appliance Labeling Rules requires this label on: refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers, water heaters, furnaces, boilers, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, heat pumps, and pool heaters.

3 An EnergyGuide label does not mean the appliance is an Energy Star appliance.

The EnergyGuide is on all of the above appliances regardless of their energy efficiency. The label will outline the annual energy consumption of the model, the energy efficiency rating, and the range of estimated annual energy consumption. Compare and contrast EnergyGuide labels on appliances and consider both purchase price and estimated energy use when deciding which to buy.

4 If an appliance also features the blue Energy Star logo, the appliance is significantly more energy efficient than the average comparable model.

Energy Star is a program operated by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. To see a list of Energy Star qualified appliances, search their database.

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5 What makes Energy Star appliances different?

The differences are on the inside of the appliance. The motors, compressors, pumps, etc. make the appliance smarter. So, even if two appliances look exactly the same from the outside, only the one with the Energy Star sticker is energy efficient.

6 You will find Energy Star appliances in most appliance outlets, electronics stores and local retailers.

Dealers also sell Energy Star appliances through print catalogs and online. Shop around to find the best appliance for your needs.

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