Choose efficient appliances when replacing old ones

The federal government’s Energy Star program marks the most-efficient household appliances with a special label so shoppers will know which appliances will save them money on their utility bills.

The label tells consumers how much it will cost—energy-wise—to operate the unit. Most of the time, Energy Star appliances save at least 15% compared with products that don’t qualify for the Energy Star label, and some save as much as 60%.

A variety of appliance manufacturers make devices that qualify for Energy Star.

Here’s a list of how much energy you can save if you select Energy Star appliances next time yours need replacing:

  • Energy Star-rated clothes dryers use about 20% less energy than other models, saving you $215 over their lifetime.
  • Room air purifiers or cleaners with the Energy Star label are almost 60% more energy efficient than standard models. Those savings can add up to $60 a year on utility bills, according to Energy Star.
  • Clothes dryers in the program use about 25% less energy and 33% less water than regular washers. Lifetime savings can be as high as $370.
  • Efficient humidifiers use nearly 15% less energy than standard models.
  • A new, Energy Star-certified dishwasher will cost just about $35 a year to run and will save an average of 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime.
  • A stand-alone freezer with the label is at least 10% more energy efficient than federal regulations require. Old freezers use way more energy than newer ones, so replacing yours with an Energy Star model could save up to $195 in energy bills over five years.
  • Likewise, newer refrigerators are more efficient than old ones. Energy Star-certified new refrigerators are about 9% more efficient than new refrigerators that simply meet minimum federal requirements.