Frequently Asked Questions about Energy Efficient Appliances

Almost any article intended to help you save energy is going to recommend you purchase and/or use energy efficient versions of your appliances. It makes sense that “energy efficient” appliances will use less energy than their counterparts, but do you understand how or why they work?

Check out some of these common questions about energy efficient appliances:

What makes an appliance energy efficient?

As you might suspect, the amount of energy a product uses is the key for determining its efficiency. As product designs evolve, manufacturing capabilities become more and more advanced, allowing for appliances that accomplish the same tasks with only a fraction of the initial energy required. Standards of energy efficiency evolve alongside them.

What is the difference between an EnergyGuide label and ENERGY STAR program labels?

The EnergyGuide label found on many modern appliances estimates how much energy an appliance will use over the course of a year. You can use this figure to compare multiple models of the same product.

The ENERGY STAR program is a governmental effort to recognize appliances that meet certain standards of efficiency. Just because two models each have an ENERGY STAR label doesn’t mean they are equal in efficiency.

What is an energy vampire?

Energy vampires are appliances that draw power from your outlets while plugged in, even if they aren’t turned on. Even energy efficient appliances can be energy vampires. Unplugging these appliances or using a power strip can prevent this and lower your electric bill.

Where do I buy energy efficient appliances?

Energy efficient appliances are available pretty much anywhere appliances are sold. Simply look for the ENERGY STAR label and compare select models to determine the most cost efficient and energy efficient choice for your home.