The appliances you choose for your home have a huge job. They need to keep you warm or cool, wash and dry your clothes and dishes, cool and cook food, and clean up after everyone. The cost of operating your appliances is significant, so if you want to control your expenses, you need to choose high-quality products.
Check out the Energy Star website for useful information about the benefits of saving energy at home. While choosing Energy Star appliances will probably save you money, there are other benefits as well, such as knowing that you’re doing your part to protect the environment.
Armed with five reasons to choose Energy Star appliances, you can have the confidence that you’re using the best appliances available to serve your family’s needs.
1.Superior Energy Efficiency
Only about 40 percent of the U.S. population recognizes the Energy Star seal when they see it on an appliance label.
Appliances that have earned the Energy Star rating are the most energy efficient appliances on the market. In fact, these appliances are so energy efficient that they have exceeded the minimum specifications created by the federal government. Check the “Energy Guide” label on the product package for all the information you need about the annual energy consumption and the annual operating costs – compare these figures on different appliances to make the most informed purchase decision.
2.Reduce Energy Bills
Newer appliances have more efficient designs to make them less expensive to run. When you choose an appliance with an Energy Star rating, you know that you will be getting the top of the line as far as energy efficiency. It’s also important to purchase an appliance with a capacity that fits your needs. For example, if you are a family of three, you don’t need an extra-capacity washing machine to handle your laundry needs. An appliance of this size would deliver more capacity than you need, which could use more water and take more energy to run. The Energy Star website estimates that homes with all Energy Star appliances save about $400 annually over homes without Energy Star appliances.
Some state governments and local utilities have rebate programs set up to reward consumers for choosing Energy Star appliances. When you buy an Energy Star refrigerator, for example, you may be able to get a rebate on your purchase price to offset the price. Visit the Energy Star website and enter your zip code and the type of appliance you want into a search tool – you’ll see all the rebates available in your area for the appliance you want to buy.
Only about 40 percent of the U.S. population recognizes the Energy Star seal when they see it on an appliance label. In order for the program to have effective results, public awareness and education is paramount. The benefits of saving money and improve the environment generally appeal to most people, so the Energy Star program has a win-win proposition.