Learn More About Energy Star Appliances
Appliances that have earned the Energy Star meet strict energy efficiency criteria without sacrificing performance or design. Look for refrigerators, room air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes washers, and dehumidifiers that carry the Energy Star. Their modern designs and premium features are made to fit the style of your home—while saving energy, money, and the environment.
What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a label that identifies energy efficient products, such as appliances, which meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Products that have earned the Energy Star help you save energy and money without sacrificing performance. By using less energy, these products also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions— caused by the burning of fossil fuels at power
plants—that contribute to global warming. More than 50 types of products, including appliances, lighting, home office equipment, and heating and cooling equipment can qualify for the Energy Star. The Energy Star program helps businesses and individuals fight global warming through energy-efficient products and practices.
Why Choose Energy Star Appliances?
When buying appliances, remember there are TWO price tags: the actual price of the appliance and the energy and water costs you incur monthly to operate them. By incorporating advanced technologies and premium features, Energy Star qualified appliances may help offset initial costs through energy savings over the life of the unit.
Many qualified appliances often feature the government's Energy Star directly on the yellow EnergyGuide label. The EnergyGuide indicates how much energy is used to operate each appliance and provides an energy scale for you to compare products. It also lists approximate annual operating costs. Your exact costs will depend on local utility rates and the type and source of your energy.
Refrigerators are one of the highest energy-consuming products in your home. A new Energy Star qualified refrigerator is 20 percent more energy efficient than new conventional models.
Dehumidifiers reduce the amount of moisture in the air and have become popular appliances in homes across the United States, particularly those with basements. Reduced moisture contributes to a healthy home environment by preventing mold, mildew, and odor. A 40-pint Energy Star qualified dehumidifier can save customers more than $250 over the life of the unit— enough to pay for the dehumidifier!
Room Air Conditioners with an Energy Star rating are 10 percent more energy efficient than conventional models. If every room air conditioner sold were Energy Star qualified, it would prevent 1.3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually, equivalent to the emissions from more than 115,000 cars.
Dishwashers with Energy Star are at least 20 percent more energy efficient than new conventional models. These dishwashers also minimize water use and demand on the water heater through innovative design features and controls.
Clothes Washers with Energy Star come in front-loading and top-loading models. Both use over 50 percent less water and 30 percent less energy than standard clothes washers—saving a typical household about $50 per year in energy costs.