As part of our continuing series on ways you can save money by saving energy, this week we’ll be discussing Energy Star appliances.
Energy Star is a government-backed symbol that easily allows consumers to identify energy efficient appliances. The guidelines, which are established by the EPA, based on the following principles:
Products must have the same features and performance as a standard product in that category.
Energy efficiency and savings can be measured and verified by testing
If a qualified energy efficient model is more expensive than a conventional model, consumers will be able to recover their investment within a reasonable amount of time.
For a full explanation of how a product earns the energy star rating, check out this government website. http://www.energystar.gov/
Finding Energy Star products is easy. The EPA has compiled a list of Energy Star products. (http://www.energystar.gov/
Look for the Energy Star when shopping for appliances, since they account for an average of 13% of your household electricity bill. Since the average appliance lasts around 10 years, the savings can be substantial. Every appliance now has a yellow and black, “Energy Guide” sticker. This will tell you how much you can expect to pay per year, to run this appliance in your home. In addition, you can also find the appliance’s key features, and the Energy Star rating. Before hitting the stores, be sure and check out this webpage for more tips on reading the Energy Guide. http://energy.gov/energysaver/
Stay tuned for next week, when we’ll take on your heating and cooling system, to make sure you’re getting the most value for your dollar.