Home appliances look pretty much the same on the outside,
but they vary greatly in terms of energy-efficiency and operating
costs. The more energy-efficient an appliance is, the less it costs
to run. You can lower your bills and help protect the environment.
Here are a few simple steps to follow when shopping for energy-efficient
Select the Size and Style - Measure the space the
appliance will occupy to be sure your new purchase will fit. Check
that there's enough room to open the door or lid fully, and enough
clearance for ventilation.
Consider Both Purchase Price and Estimated Energy
Use - When deciding which brand and model to buy. In many cases,
you may actually save money by buying the more expensive, more energy-efficient
Ask About Special Energy-Efficient Offers - Cash rebates,
low-interest loans or other incentive programs are often offered
to encourage buyers to purchase energy-efficient appliances. Look
for the Energy Star Logo as Appliances with this logo are significantly
more energy-efficient than the average comparable model. The Energy
Star program is operated jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy
and the EPA.