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I am in the market for a new refrigerator which excites me more than you would figure. This is a new start for my new kitchen in our new home, from the inefficient white appliances to the sleek new titanium (or stainless steel) energy efficient appliances.
Of course my first thought was the ‘energy star’ appliances, but really, what does that mean? How efficient are they? How do they get the star? How can I find one by it’s efficiency?
Energy Star has their own website PACKED with information – almost too much.
When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–50% less energy and water than standard models. The money you save on your utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model.
For top performance, premium features, and energy savings, look for energy-efficient clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, room air conditioners and dehumidifiers that have earned the ENERGY STAR. This mark may appear on the appliance, the packaging or the EnergyGuide label.
You can also search for any rebates for Energy Star appliances by your Zip Code, check it out!
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