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How Energy Efficient Are ENERGY STAR Appliances?

Posted by RESNET

Jun 2, 2014 10:32:00 AM

IN A TYPICAL AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD, appliances account for 21 – 25% of the utility bill. One way to reduce this cost is by replacing older appliances with energy efficient ENERGY STAR models.As you're deciding when it makes sense to replace an appliance, you will naturally want to know how much money you can save. To figure that out, you need to know just how energy efficien appliances are thatt are ENERGY STAR qualified? Here are some short, simple numbers to ponder. One figure jumps out right away. Replacing and old clothes washer with an Energy Star model provides the fastes savings reward of any major appliance.

1. ENERGY STAR Qualified Dishwasher

  • Costs less than $35 a year to run.
  • 5% more energy efficient than a non-qualified model.
  • Saves 15% more water than a non-qualified model.

2. ENERGY STAR Qualified Refrigerator

  • 20% more energy efficient than a model that meets the minimum federal energy efficiency standard.
  • Can potentially cut energy bills by more than $125 over the lifetime of the fridge.

3. ENERGY STAR Qualified Freezer

  • 10% more energy efficient than a model that meets the minimum federal energy efficiency standard.

4. ENERGY STAR Qualified Clothes Washer

  • On average uses 270 KWh of electricity and costs $85 a year to run
  • Compared to $225 for a 10+ year-old washer, this means a savings of about $140 annually)
  • Uses 35% less water and 20% less energy than a non-qualified model.
  • Can save up to 27,000 gallons of water over the lifetime of the machine.

5. ENERGY STAR Qualified Dehumidifier

  • Uses 15% less energy to remove the same amount of moisture as a similarly sized conventional unit.
  • Saves consumers more than $150 over the course of its lifetime.
  • Amount of energy saved by an ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifier could power an ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator for 4 months.

6. ENERGY STAR Air Purifiers

  • 40% more energy efficient than a non-qualified model.
  • Saves consumers around 230 kWh and $25 annually on utility bills.
  • Could save consumers up to $200 over the lifetime of the machine.

If for a period of one year all the appliances bought in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR qualified, it would prevent annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 420,000 vehicles, conserve 25 billion gallons of water, and save nearly $580 million in energy costs. To learn more about energy efficient appliances, talk to a RESNET Qualified EnergySmart Contractor.


This content was originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) here. This content has been republished with the permission of RESNET. RESNET is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.


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