Running everyday home appliances can be costly on your monthly energy bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy our home appliances account for 41.5% of a home’s energy use. Using energy efficient appliances uses less energy, saves money on energy bills and is better for the environment. To get your home energy efficient, here’s some tips on how to buy energy efficient appliances.
1. Measure Before You Buy
Measure the space where your new appliance will occupy. Make sure you have enough space for proper ventilation. If you’re buying a large appliance like a refrigerator or stove, not only measure the space where the appliance will be stationed, but measure the doorways, hallways and staircases to ensure your new appliance will get in your home.
2. Read the Energy Guide Label
The government requires most appliances to display a yellow Energy Guide Label showing the annual energy use and operating cost for each appliance so that you can compare similar models and find the most energy efficient appliance. The label shows:
Maker, model number, and size of the appliance.
Estimated yearly operating cost (based on the national average cost of electricity), and the range of operating costs for similar models.
The ENERGY STAR® logo indicates that this model meets strict criteria for energy efficiency.
Estimated yearly electricity consumption.
Key features of the appliance and the similar models that make up the cost comparison range.
3. Look for the Energy Star Label
The Energy Star Label was created by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US department of Energy to help consumers save money and minimize air pollution. The ENERGY STAR tag is on all qualified products that meet specific standards for energy efficiency by testing. Energy Star appliances must be more efficient than the minimum government standards. You can find the Energy Star label on the following appliances: washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers and room air conditioners. Contact Dependable Refrigeration to learn more about retrofitting older refrigerators to ensure compliance with Energy Star ratings.
4. Read Online Reviews
Online reviews can help make your buying decision a little easier when shopping for a new appliance. Consumer reviews can give you information about user experience and quality of the product. You can find out how customers rate a product’s efficiency and what they have to say about their experience with a product. Not all reviews are genuine so be aware of fake reviews when reading online.
To learn more about how to make your home energy efficient visit http://www.energystar.gov.