and other home electronics can have a big impact on your energy bill, so choose energy-efficient models whenever possible. In the market for a new appliance? ENERGY STAR
can help you find efficient options. The ENERGY STAR label on appliances shows that the device exceeds the minimum federal standards for energy-efficiency.
Most appliances will also have a bright yellow Energy Guide
label, which provides estimated annual energy use and cost. Compare labels to find the best option for you.
The U.S. Department of Energy has a handy appliance energy calculator
, so you can estimate how much energy your home appliances and electronics use.
Federal, local, or utility programs may offer incentives
for energy efficient appliances.
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