Shopping for energy efficient appliances and electronics is relatively easy. Major appliances, and electronics must meet minimum Federal energy standards, and these products must carry an EnergyGuide label with consumption information. If it exceeds the minimum standards, products also carry an ENERGY STAR® logo. The most efficient appliances often cost almost the same as ones with average efficiency.
If your older water heater feels warm to the touch, buy a water heater blanket and save up to 9% on your water-heating costs. Check the caution label on your water heater. Newer models come with proper insulation and some even prohibit installing a blanket. Finally, don’t cover the inspection plate with the blanket, it could be a fire hazard.
With the myriad innovations and features on the market, it's an ideal time to buy a new television. Look for the following features to find the right television for you that combines energy efficiency and exceptional image quality.
Your refrigerator uses the most energy of any appliance in your home if you consider that it runs 24 hours, seven days a week. According to ACEEE, there are 126 million refrigerators and 38 million freezers using 200 billion kWh a year.
Unless you cook a lot, more efficient cooking appliances won’t save you more energy. With stoves and ovens, efficiency often comes down to practicing efficient cooking habits. However, these appliances have long lives so it's worth considering efficiency when shopping for a new one.