The search for energy efficient appliances – looking for the right labels

By   March 20, 2014

The search for energy efficient appliances If you are building a new home, remodeling your existing home or you are in the market for new home appliances, you need to know the two key labels to look for when shopping for energy efficient appliances.  Energy conservation is essential if we want to decrease the amount of fossil fuels we burn to power our lives.  The appliances in most homes run on electricity but less than 15% of that electricity is generated by renewable energy sources.  By and large, the electricity used to power your home appliances is generated by the use of fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal. Burning fossil fuels contributes to air pollution and climate change.  That is all without taking into consideration that some of our electricity is generated by nuclear power, which has its own set of unique problems with safety issues and proper disposal of nuclear waste.

You can help reduce the amount of energy that we use and thereby make our entire planet safer and healthier for the next generation by investing in energy efficient home appliances.  The best way to do this is to know what labels to look for and how to read those labels to make sure you are getting the best energy efficient appliance for your home.

Energy Star – You should first look for the Blue Energy Star label on any home appliance that you are considering to purchase.  The label signifies that the appliance has met or exceeds the standards for an emergency efficient product as set forth by the EPA.  The label was designed to help consumers identify products that were designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants while helping the consumer save money on energy costs by reducing the amount of energy consumed.  The list of products that qualify for the Energy Star label including a variety of major home appliances such as washers and dryers, refrigerators, heating and cooling systems, television and even fans and light bulbs.  You can visit the Energy Star website for more information and helpful energy saving tips.

Energy Guide – The yellow Energy Guide label is required on all major home appliances signifying that they meet the Appliance Standards Program as set by the US Department of Energy.  The program requires that all manufacturers use a standard set of tests to determine energy use and efficiency of their products. The yellow labels show consumers how much energy the appliance uses and the estimated annual operating cost.  It also compares energy use of similar products.  Look for the yellow label to find the most energy efficient model for your home.

Living green not only saves our environment but it will keep money in your pocket when you use energy efficient products in your home and office.