Choose Energy Star qualified products
Looking to replace your refrigerator, stove, or other appliance? You can save money and reduce your impact on the environment by buying Energy Star appliances.
The typical household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, you can save over one-third, or about $700 per year.
ENERGY STAR products are the same or better than standard products, only they use less energy. To earn the ENERGY STAR, they must meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the US Environmental Protection Agency or the US Department of Energy. Since they use less energy, these products save you money on your electricity bill and help protect the environment by causing fewer harmful emissions from power plants. And you get the features and quality you expect.
- Qualified refrigerators are at least 15% more efficient than the minimum federal efficiency standard.
- Qualified TVs consume 3 watts or less when switched off, compared to a standard TV, which consumes almost 6 watts on average.
- Office equipment that qualifies automatically enters a low-power "sleep" mode after a period of inactivity.
- Qualified light bulbs (CFLs) use two-thirds less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and must meet additional operating and reliability guidelines.
- Qualified furnaces offer a rating of 90% AFUE or greater, which is about 15% more efficient than the minimum federal efficiency standard.
You can learn about the ENERGY STAR products and program on their website, www.energystar.gov.
ENERGY STAR is a federal program that certifies products nationally. For home improvement projects, it is also good to follow Minnesota-specific recommendations for conservation and efficiency from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security.
primary source: energystar.gov