Energy Efficiency Awareness
Conservation is at the forefront of everyone's minds, so it's important to familiarize yourself with EnergyGuide labels before buying an appliance. EnergyGuide labels list information on how an item uses energy and how much it costs to power the appliance for a year. In this video, Eric Stromer explains what each number means, so you can shop wisely. An appliance might cost you less at the register, but could cost you more in energy over time.
Step 1: Look for the Yellow Label
All appliances are required to come with a yellow EnergyGuide label, which informs you how the appliance uses energy and estimates how much it will cost to run the appliance for one year.
Step 2: The Dollar Amount
The dollar amount is the cost range of similar models and it is placed on a scale so you can see how it compares to like appliances.
Step 3: The Number in the Rectangle
This number is the appliance Energy Efficiency Ratio and is measured in annual kilowatt hours. To find out what an appliance will cost you to run for the year, multiply this number by what you pay per kilowatt.
Step 4: Compare When Shopping
Keep in mind that a cheaper appliance that is less energy efficient may end up costing you more money in the long run. Look for the EPA’s Energy Star logo on the label -- this means the appliance exceeds the industry efficiency standard levels by 15 percent or more.
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