Tips for Choosing Energy-Efficient Appliances
By Kaitlin Kremer, editorial intern
Image via energystar.gov
Environmentally responsible products make for an energy-efficient home and a healthier world both for us as individuals and for our environment. Home appliances may look the same on the outside, but they vary greatly in terms of energy efficiency and operating costs. The more energy efficient an appliance is, the less it costs to run. You can lower your utility bill and help protect the environment. Here are some tips for choosing an energy-efficient appliance:
- Select the size and style. Measure the space the appliance will occupy to be sure your new purchase will fit. Check that there’s enough room to open the door or lid fully, and enough clearance for ventilation.
- Consider both purchase price and estimated energy use when deciding which brand and model to buy. In many cases, you may actually save money by buying the more expensive, more energy-efficient model.
- Ask about special energy-efficient offers. Cash rebates, low-interest loans or other incentive programs are often offered to encourage buyers to purchase energy-efficient appliances. To find rebates in your area, visit the Energy Star website.
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