When one of your home’s appliances has worn out, finding a replacement unit is almost a no-brainer. While shopping, you will likely have many preferences and considerations guiding you with your purchase. Of course, you’ll want the appliance to coordinate with your furnishings or wall color, among many other factors.
Each homeowner has particular wants and needs when it comes to appliances. Some of them may even be looking for hi-tech features, including timers and digital operations. Yet among the most important factor you’ll need to consider is the amount of energy that a particular appliance uses. The appliance’s energy usage can make a big impact on your monthly electricity bills.
Ask Sales Staff
When shopping at an appliance store, the sales staff are a great resource for providing you with information about different products and their energy efficiency. They can help you sort through the different options, such as high tech controls on a clothes dryer that automatically sense when the clothes are dry, or programs that different home heating and cooling systems use for saving energy.
Compare Manufacturer Descriptions
Most appliance models include a manufacturer’s label or insert that includes a detailed description of the product’s energy usage and efficiency. You can use this information while visiting the appliance store. You might want to compare a microwave’s wattage against its energy efficiency.
For instance, when looking among freezers, compare its capacity by its energy usage. The manufacturer’s information should include details about the annual operating cost of the unit as well as the number of kilowatt hours of energy the appliance consumes under typical use.
Look at the Energy Star Ratings
The U.S. Department of Energy operates an Energy Star ratings program to help consumers compare between different models of refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes dryers, microwaves, heat pumps, furnaces and other systems. Models that come with the Energy Star rating have been tested to be at least 30 percent more efficient than similar equipment.
Selecting an Energy Star-rated appliance, regardless of its rating, can have a significant effect on reducing your monthly energy bill. You will find the greatest level of savings by choosing energy efficient systems that are heavily or constantly used, like your refrigerator, air conditioner, heat pump, oven or dishwasher. All these you can find at an appliance and furniture store, like Heber Park City Appliance.
Appliances & Electronics, Energy.gov
Efficient Appliances Save Energy — and Money, Natural Resources Defense Council