ENERGY STAR Qualified Appliances

ENERGY STAR Qualified Appliances
ENERGY STAR Qualified Appliances
Save Energy through Advanced Technologies
Every appliance comes with two price tags: what it costs to take it home and what
it costs to operate and maintain it each month. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances
incorporate advanced technologies and use 10 to 50 percent less energy than
standard appliances. From refrigerators to clothes washers, ENERGY STAR qualified
appliances save energy, save money, and help reduce emissions of greenhouse
gases and air pollutants at the source.
BENEFITS OF ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED APPLIANCES
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Lower Utility Bills. Appliances account for nearly 20 percent of the average household’s
energy use. A comprehensive package of ENERGY STAR qualified appliances can save up to
$80 a year in energy costs compared to standard appliances.
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Improved Quality and Durability. Energy-efficient appliances often include quality
components surpassing those found in standard appliances. These can result in fewer
mechanical problems, longer equipment life, and in many cases extended warranties.
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Enhanced Performance. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances often outperform standard
appliances due to improved design and advanced technologies. For instance, some
ENERGY STAR qualified appliances include features that decrease operating noise, while
others include technologies that reduce water use.
OVERVIEW OF ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED APPLIANCES
REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZERS
ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators use up to 40 percent less energy
than the conventional models sold in 2001 and at least 15 percent less
energy than models built to current federal standards. These refrigerators
feature high-efficiency compressors, improved insulation, and more
precise temperature and defrost mechanisms. ENERGY STAR qualified
freezers use at least 10 percent less energy than required by current
federal standards.
TIP: Leave space between the refrigerator and walls to allow air
movement and brush (or vacuum) refrigerator or freezer coils regularly to
maintain efficient operation.
DISHWASHERS
ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use at least 41 percent less energy than the federal
minimum standard for energy consumption. These dishwashers use “smart” features such as
effective washing action, energy-efficient motors, and sensors that determine the necessary
cycle length and water temperature.
TIP: Use short wash cycles for everything but the dirtiest dishes.
CLOTHES WASHERS
ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers use 40 to 50 percent less
energy and about 55 percent less water than standard washers. As a
result, you can expect to save up to $50 per year on utility and water
bills, with additional savings from using less detergent. Most ENERGY
STAR qualified washers extract more water during the spin cycle,
providing further energy savings when using a clothes dryer because
drying time will be shorter. Also, owners will see less wear and tear on
clothes from front loading models, which do not need an agitator.
TIP: Use the correct amount and type of detergent; too many bubbles
will make the machine work harder than necessary.
A BETTER FUTURE
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary partnership between the government and more than 9,000
organizations, including more than 3,500 of the nation’s home builders. Together with home
buyers and their families, we are working to achieve a common goal—protecting the
environment for future generations by changing to more energy-efficient practices and
products today.
ENERGY STAR is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. It identifies new
homes, buildings, and more than 50 types of products that are energy efficient and offer the
features, quality, and performance that today’s consumers expect. Products that can earn the
ENERGY STAR include windows, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, and appliances. To
learn more about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov.
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