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Thinking of Buying New Appliances? 
Shopping for Energy Efficient Appliances: 4 Easy Steps to Remember

Getting newer more Energy Efficient large appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and clothes washers will save you a bundle in the long run. Energy Saving appliances are definitely worth the higher price tag because they will quickly pay for themselves in energy savings. To make sure you get the right appliances for you and your family, start by following these 4 easy steps when shopping.

1. Look for the Energy Star Label

This is pretty easy. Either a product has been awarded this rating or it hasn't. The Energy Star rating is for products that have met strict energy efficient guidelines and will save energy and money.

For more details on the program, go to EnergyStar.gov.

You'll find the Energy Star symbol on the product itself or on the product description. When in doubt, ask a sales person.

2. Buy the Correct Size

Bigger isn't always better. There's no need to get an industrial sized refrigerator if you never have any food to put in it. On the other hand, overstuffed washers and refrigerators don't work as well or as efficiently so you don't want ones that are too small either. Most appliances, large and small, come in a variety of sizes so you should be able to find what you want.

Check online as well as in stores especially if you're looking for a specialty size. Stores tend to carry only the most popular sizes and styles so if you don't see what you want, ask or check online.

3. Consider Energy Saving Features

It's easy to get carried away with features. Some are just for fun and others can help you save energy. Of course, the more features, the higher the price tag. Here are just a few energy saving features that might be right for you and your family.

~clothes washer settings that allow you to do smaller loads without wasting hot water,

~energy saving drying cycles on dishwashers and clothes dryers,

~refrigerator door alarms that tell you when the door has been left open.


4. Compare Products

Once you've narrowed down your top choices, it helps to compare them. In addition to the initial price, consider warranties, features and most important, overall energy usage.

Most larger appliances displayed in stores have a handy Energy Guide card that gives basic energy usage for each product, whether it's considered energy efficient or not. If you don't see one, ask a salesperson to get you one. Often people take the cards or they fall off, etc.

Every household has its own preferences and requirements when it comes to energy efficient appliances. What is best for the neighbors may not be best for you. Remember these 4 simple steps when shopping and you'll be on your way to choosing the best, most energy saving product for your situation.

Enjoy your new home appliances!

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