·Appliances account for about 20% of your household's energy consumption. Refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, and stoves/ovens use the most energy of any appliances in the house.
·When you buy an appliance, remember: it has two price tags – what you pay to take it home, and what you pay for the energy and water it uses.
For Your Shopping List
When you shop for an appliance, look for two symbols:
US EPA ENERGY STAR - Energy Star qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models; the money you save on your utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model.
EnergyGuide Label -
The Energy Guide label will help you 1)compare the energy efficiency of different brands and models when you’re shopping for a new appliance and 2)help you estimate the cost of operating your appliance.