We’re going to be buying some major appliances this summer. We’re looking for energy-saving models, so we could use your help. We know that you recommend ENERGY STAR® labeled appliances, but what about machines that have the yellow Energy Guide labels? What’s the difference between them?
Both of those labels are there to help you save energy. The ENERGY STAR label indicates that a product significantly exceeds federal standards for energy efficiency. Just about every major manufacturer makes products that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. As for the yellow Energy Guide, it appears on almost everything that uses any kind of energy, to give you an idea of how much it will cost to operate that product.
The first label to look for is the ENERGY STAR, to ensure that you’re looking at the most energy-efficient models available. Then, you can compare these models’ individual energy uses by reading the yellow Energy Guide. This will show you the national average cost of an appliance’s energy in a year. To estimate your own costs, multiply the fuel units (gallons, therms, or kilowatt-hours) by the rate on your utility bill that you’re charged per unit. With this information, you’ll be able to compare models and make an informed purchasing decision. While you're at the store, don't forget to ask about Efficiency Vermont's rebates for select ENERGY STAR qualified appliances.
Li Ling for The Home Team