Choosing the Best Energy-Efficient Appliances for Your Home
There are many small changes you can make in your home to reduce your energy use, but it’s also important to think bigger. Energy-efficient appliances can make a significant difference on your power bill. Because they are a substantial investment, it’s key to do your research to understand which shapes, sizes, styles, and setups will work best for your home.
Look for the ENERGY STAR® label
When you shop for a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label. These products exceed minimum federal standards for energy efficiency by a substantial amount.
Check out the EnergyGuide label
The easiest way to compare each appliance’s energy use is to read the model's black and yellow EnergyGuide label. The label displays a sliding scale, which details the appliance's estimated annual operating cost within the range of costs of similar models.
Plan your layout
Before you purchase or install any new appliances, think about your layout. If at all possible, don’t put your refrigerator next to another appliance. Ovens, dishwashers, and other appliances that create heat make your refrigerator and freezer work harder to stay cool — wasting energy.