Looking for ways to make an impact on your wallet and the world? Look no further than your own home. ENERGY STAR® appliances can help you reduce utility bills while conserving natural resources.
In 1992, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce pollution. According to the EPA and the US Department of Energy (DOE), ENERGY STAR qualified appliances can save 20% to 30% in energy costs over the course of one year. To earn the ENERGY STAR, a product must meet certain criteria:
The US EPA and DOE state that a clothes washer, dishwasher and refrigerator can account for up to 20% of a household's monthly utility bill. If you're making the switch to ENERGY STAR, these appliances should be first in mind.
ENERGY STAR Washer
ENERGY STAR Dishwasher
ENERGY STAR Refrigerator
When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags:
To know the yearly cost of running an appliance, start by looking at the yellow and black Federal Trade Commission's EnergyGuide label. Manufactures are required to display the label on many appliances including refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, air conditioners and water heaters.
The label provides information on how much energy the appliance uses, compares energy use of similar products and lists approximate annual operating costs. Exact costs will depend on local utility rates and the source of your energy. Looking at the EnergyGuide label can be a key factor in helping you make a decision on an appliance. For example, a refrigerator with a yearly operating cost of $50 may be more expensive to buy than a refrigerator with a yearly operating cost of $70. However, if you take into account a $20 annual savings over an appliance's lifetime, you might be saving more money in the long run by investing up front in an energy-efficient appliance. In addition, an EnergyGuide label usually states whether an appliance is ENERGY STAR qualified. The ENERGY STAR logo assures that the appliance meets or exceeds the ENERGY STAR performance level. Because an ENERGY STAR qualified appliance uses 10% to 66% less water and / or energy than standard models, you can save money in addition to resources.
You can save even more money through energy rebate programs from local utilities and energy efficiency groups. More than 28 million people in the United States and Canada are eligible for a rebate or tax credit for purchasing an ENERGY STAR qualified appliance. Some areas offer as much as $200.
Check out www.energystar.gov to get up-to-date information on local rebates and to learn more about the ENERGY STAR program.
In addition, Lowes.com/energy offers advice on making your home more energy efficient, as well as other smart energy-saving tips.
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