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Monthly Energy Saving Tip: Appliances

Posted: 2009-02-15 09:02:25

  • THERE IS NOT JUST ONE PRICE TAG ON AN APPLIANCE. THERE ARE TWO: the price of buying it and the price you pay for the energy to run it. You may be spending more money than you think! Over the lifetime of an appliance you may spend much more to use it than it cost to buy it.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified products meet energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. These products include appliances, ceiling fans, electronic equipment, phones, compact fluorescent light bulbs, computer equipment, and several other products that use energy. Go to http://www.energystar.gov/ for a complete list of ENERGY STAR products. Or call toll free at 1.888.782.7937.

  • AN APPLIANCE THAT QUALIFIES FOR ENERGY STAR MEETS TOUGH FEDERAL CRITERIA FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY. FOR EXAMPLE: Look at an EnergyGuide label for a refrigerator. It tells you the refrigerator uses 618 kWh. The least efficient refrigerator of the same size and configuration uses 1,042 kWh, or almost 70% more! The refrigerator in this example qualifies for the ENERGY STAR and costs $52 a year to operate - $36 less each year than the least efficient model.


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