Friday, October 16, 2009

ENERGY STAR® appliances really do help you save energy

If you’re like me, buying the “right” appliance means researching all of the models and reading reviews on numerous Web sites. But, one key quality I always look for is the yellow ENERGY STAR® tag that tells me how much energy the appliance will use.

Appliances and home electronics account for about 20 percent of your energy bill. So, finding ways to decrease their energy usage can be important.

As a matter of fact, ENERGY STAR® appliances use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models. That’s because ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.

Some ENERGY STAR® appliances may cost more on the front end, but they also can provide substantial savings on your monthly utility bills over the life of the appliance. Last year alone, with the help of ENERGY STAR®, Americans saved enough energy to power 10 million homes and avoid greenhouse gas emissions from 12 million cars – all while saving $6 billion.

So, whether you’re ready to buy new appliances or upgrade some old ones, it may be worth it to check out some ENERGY STAR® options.

For more tips, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy provides information about energy efficient appliances, including tips about buying appliances and electronics, estimating energy use, energy efficiency standards, electronic power controlling devices for appliances and tips about when to power off your computer.

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