Monique O'Grady: The appliances in your home are responsible for about 10% to 20% of your energy bills. So making sure your appliance are energy star rated is an easy way to cut back energy cost.
The energy star label is the government symbol for energy efficiency. The label means the appliances uses 10% to 50% less energy and water than a standard model. You can find the label on more than 60 types of products including electronics like computers and televisions, light bulbs, windows, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, dish washers and more.
Even homes are energy star rated so they are whole house savings. Families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills by using energy star products over the past 20 years.
Take energy star labeled dish washers for example. On average, they are 10% more efficient and can save you $40 a year on your energy bills if you replace an old model. And energy star refrigerators are 20% more efficient than the minimum federal standard and save you $165 over their lifetime.
Speaking of lifespan, energy star appliances last longer than standard models, labeled fridges, air conditioners, washing machines, and dish washers last than average of 10 to 15 years.
So for over a decade you could be a saving energy while keeping your utility bills down. So when you go shopping everytime you pick out an energy star labeled product you are picking up energy savings at home.