When buying an appliance, remember there are TWO price tags: the
actual price of the appliance and the energy and water costs you
incur monthly to operate it. By incorporating advanced technologies
and premium features, ENERGY STAR qualified appliances may help
offset initial costs through energy savings overthe life of each unit.

By choosing ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, you can save 10-
50 percent compared with conventional models and even more
compared with older models that you may currently own. If your
refrigerator, dishwasher, room air conditioner, and clothes washer
were manufactured before 1993, you could save about $130 in
annual energy costs by replacing them with new ENERGY STAR
qualified models.


Fossil fuels like coal, petroleum, and natural gas produce most of
the energy needed to run appliances. When these fuels are burned,
they release pollutants that contribute to smog, acid rain, and
global climate change. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances use less
energy and can make a real difference for the environment.  So in
addition to cleaning our clothes and dishes, ENERGY STAR quali-
fied appliances also help prevent pollution. If all consumers were
to purchase ENERGY STAR qualified appliances instead of stan-
dard models, they'd save almost $5 billion in energy costs overthe
next 15 years.

To date, Americans have purchased more than 1  billion ENERGY
STAR qualified products. Last year alone, ENERGY STAR helped us
save enough energy at peak time to power 20 million homes and
reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 18 million
cars, and save $9 billion in energy costs.


In addition to the ENERGY STAR, you can also look for the yellow
EnergyGuide label in stores. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances
often feature the ENERGY STAR directly on the EnergyGuide label.
The EnergyGuide indicates how much energy is used to operate
each appliance, provides an energy scale foryou to compare
products, and lists approximate annual operating costs. Your exact
costs will depend on local utility rates and the type and source of
your energy.
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ENERGY STAR is a label that identifies energy-
efficient products, such as appliances, which meet
strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR
help you save energy and money without sacrificing
performance - one solution to energy supply and
cost concerns. By using less energy, these products
also help reduce air pollution and global warming
associated with energy production.

In addition to appliances, more than 40 product
categories, including lighting, home office equip-
ment, heating and  cooling equipment, and home
electronics,  feature the ENERGY STAR.
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Appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR meet strict energy
efficiency criteria without sacrificing performance or design. Look
for refrigerators, room air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes
washers, and dehumidifiers that carry the ENERGY STAR. They're
made to fit the style of your home with modern designs and premi-
um features.

Refrigerators are one of the highest energy-consuming products
in your home. Depending on the type of refrigerator and the cost
of electricity in your area, ENERGY STAR qualified models can save
more than $35 annually on utility bills.*

Dehumidifiers reduce the amount of moisture in the air and have
become popular appliances in homes across the United States,
particularly those with basements. Reduced moisture contributes
to a healthy home environment by preventing mold, mildew, and
odor. A 40-pint ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifier can save
customers roughly $20 per year on energy costs. Over the life of
the unit, that's $200 or more - enough to pay for the dehumidifier!

ENERGY STAR qualified room air conditioners are at least 10
percent more efficient than conventional models. Replacing a
10-year-old room air conditioner with a new ENERGY STAR qualified
model can save up to $15 annually in electricity, depending on the
size of the unit you are replacing.

New ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers are at least 25 percent
more efficient than new conventional models. Replacing a dish-
washer manufactured before 1993 with one that has earned the
ENERGY STAR can save more than $20 per year in energy costs.
These dishwashers also minimize water use and demand on the
water heater through innovative design features and controls.

ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers come in front-loading
and top-loading models. Both use less water and energy than
standard clothes washers - saving a typical household about
$60 per year in energy costs.
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Consider these benefits when replacing old appliances with
ENERGY STAR qualified models.

Improved Refrigerators-Some of today's ENERGY STAR qualified
refrigerators use less electricity than a 75-watt light bulb. More
efficient operation means that newer models are quieter; redesigned
doors provide  better insulation to keep food fresher, and deeper
doors provide  more space for commonly used items.

Cooler Room Air Conditioners - ENERGY STAR qualified room air
conditioners use high-efficiency motors to remove heat from your
home, providing optimal comfort while using less electricity than
traditional models.

A proportionately-sized air conditioner helps ensure propertempera-
ture adjustments and comfortable humidity levels. When speaking to
your sales representative, consider the  size of the room, whether it
gets heavy sunlight or shade, the  amount of traffic through the room,
and whether or not the room is a kitchen.

"Smart" Dishwashers - ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers have
"smart" features that minimize water use and demand on the water
heater and allow for quieter operation and less pre-rinsing. Construction
includes more  effective washing action, energy-efficient motors and
To locate a store near you that carries ENERGY STAR qualified equipment, use our
store locator at You can even calculate your savings by using the
simple savings calculator. Just select "products," click on "appliances," and choose
the item you are interested in.
other advanced technology, such as sensors that determine the length of
the wash cycle and the temperature of the water necessary to clean the
dishes. Always be sure to consider factors like how much water the
dishwasher uses per cycle. Less water means less cost to operate.

Advanced Clothes Washer Technology- ENERGY STAR qualified clothes
washers incorporate high-quality features for improved performance.
Gentler operation, more thorough rinsing, and the removal of more water
in the spin cycle make washing clothes more convenient and help protect
your clothing investment.

Front-loading machines feature washtubs that move clothes horizontally,
similar to clothes dryers. Top-loading ENERGY STAR qualified clothes
washers use sensor technology to control water temperature and vol-
ume, then use high-pressure spray rinses to remove soap from clothes.

Energy-efficient Dehumidifiers - To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a
dehumidifierwith the capacity to remove 10-24 liters of waterfrom the
air per day must have an Energy Factor of 1.30 or greater.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   "These savings are calculated using the national average electricity rate (8.5
                                                                                                                                                                                                   cents/kWh) and are based on replacement of a model manufactured before 1993 with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                   new ENERGY STAR qualified model.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Products that earn the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                    gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines
                                                                                                                                                                                                    set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    U.S. Department of Energy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information, visit,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    or call 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
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