Because of their superior efficiency,
ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances
save homeowners more on energy costs
than non-qualified appliances. ENERGY
STAR®-qualified appliances represent
the top 25 percent most energy-efficient
models within a brand’s category.
In fact, when it comes to appliances,
newer is almost always better. Andy
Sinclair, who works in the government
relations ENERGY STAR® department
of Whirlpool Corporation, notes that
when a homeowner replaces a top-load
non-qualified clothes washer from
1995 with a new Whirlpool brand Duet
Steam (WFW9600T) model, they can
expect to save approximately 80 percent,
or nearly $80 on energy costs.
Washing Machine. When comparing top-load washing machines with
front-load models, front-load models
can be more efficient in some cases as
a result of using less water, according
to Sinclair. That said, the decision
often comes down to personal preference. Perhaps more important than the
style of clothes washer is how it is used.
Sinclair says homeowners will save
more energy by washing full loads and
using the coolest water possible for the
particular fabric being washed.
Clothes Dryer. The efficiency of a
clothes dryer has a lot to do with the
washer that it is partnered with. Use
an ENERGY STAR®-qualified clothes
washer, which removes greater quantities of water during the final rinse cycle,
compared to traditional clothes washers,
suggests Sinclair. This will decrease the
drying cycle time and energy used to dry
Refrigerator. Should you choose
a side-by-side, top freezer or bottom
freezer model? The freezer configuration of a refrigerator freezer is a personal preference. “Side-by-side models
generally provide more freezer space,
resulting in a higher operating cost,
since the freezer compartment is larger,” says Sinclair.
Stove. When purchasing a stove, look
for its ENERGY STAR® rating, and consider the type of pot that will be used.
Pots should fit the burner, without the
burner extending beyond the pot, says
Sinclair. Additionally, with an electric