Consumers in the United States have access to an Energy Guide that gives some quick energy usage information for many appliances.
It’s a yellow card that is attached to the display models of appliances so when you’re shopping, look for it to help you.
This yellow card (about 5.5 inches x 7.5 inches or 14 centimeters x 19 centimeters) should be displayed on certain types of appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and clothes washers, whether the appliance is considered efficient or not. If you don’t see one, be sure to ask a sales person for one. Sometimes people take the cards with them or the card comes off.
The card is easy to read and can provide great information at a glance.
You’ll find out:
~if the product is Energy Star,
~its estimated yearly operating costs,
~the kilowatts it uses per year and
~how its kilowatt usage compares with other models.
Look for Energy Star
Energy Star is an international program that helps consumers choose energy efficient products for their homes. These products must meet strict energy guidelines so when consumers see the Energy Star symbol on a product, they can be sure it’s efficient and will save them money.
Investing in more efficient appliances can certainly save energy but with so many different brands and models, choosing the right one can be tricky. These free resources help you compare products so you get the best one for you and your family. In addition the the literature provided on products, many sales associates can help.
Learn more about choosing more efficient appliances and other home improvements projects that will Make Your Home Energy Efficient.