If you’ve shopped for appliances, you may have seen the bright yellow EnergyGuide label. This label tells you how much energy an appliance uses and can help you compare the energy use of different models.
The cost on the label is based on a national average price for electricity and the average use of the appliance.1 Your individual cost will depend upon the price you pay for electricity rate and how often you use the appliance.
ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The program sets minimum efficiency standards for appliances and building products and identifies and labels those models that are the most energy efficient and available on the market.
The ENERGY STAR® standards are more rigorous than federal standards, and vary by product category.2 To receive the ENERGY STAR® label, a product must meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
Depending upon the energy-efficient choices you make, your family may be able to save up to 30% on your energy bill (with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions) without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR® is one tool that can help you make an energy-efficient choice when purchasing appliances.
A list of qualified products can be found online at energystar.gov.
1Federal Trade Commission. (2008). Energy Guidance: Appliance Shopping with EnergyGuide Label. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from http://ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea14.shtm
2ENERGY STAR®. How A Product Earns the ENERGY STAR Label. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_how_earn