There is nothing exciting about going to wash a load of laundry and realizing that your washer is no longer functioning. Replacing your home appliances is typically inconvenient and fairly expensive to replace. However, there is an opportunity in this situation to upgrade an old (energy inefficient) appliance to a newer, energy saving, cost efficient, model that will allow you to save money long term and leave less of an environmental footprint.
These energy-saving appliances are easy to locate in the store because they bare a bright yellow label that reads EnergyGuide. The EnergyGuide is extremely helpful in understanding the product you are about to buy and helps you make the best decision on how this investment will fit into your home and lifestyle. Manufacturers of most major home appliances are required to attach these labels to their products under the FTC’s Appliance Labeling Rule.
The intention of this label is to tell you how much energy an appliance uses and makes it easier to compare the energy use of similar models. Since these large home appliances are usually over $1,000, details like this can help you make the best decision for your budget. The more energy efficient an appliance is, the less it costs to run, and the lower your utility bills will be. Using less energy is not only good for your future energy bills but also for the environment, as they can help reduce air pollution and conserve natural resources.
Here are some key things to notice on the EnergyGuide Label when reviewing it:
- Key product features are listed at the top left, under the EnergyGuide logo.
- Estimated yearly operating cost savings is listed in the middle.
- Under the cost savings is the cost range to help you compare the energy use of different models with similar features.
- The next number is the estimated yearly electric use and measured in kWh (kilowatt per hour).
- At the bottom, right you will see the Energy Star™ logo, which means the product is better for the environment because it uses less energy than standard models.