Energy

Choose Energy-Efficient Products

Look for the label and watch your energy savings add up.

They look just like any other appliances, windows, air conditioners, furnaces or electronics. They work exactly the same. But every time you use them, you save energy. So when you’re shopping, look for the ENERGY STAR label or the Savenia Labs Energy Rating label — it’ll even tell you how much you’ll save.

 

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Why should I choose ENERGY STAR products?

ENERGY STAR qualified products meet rigorous testing standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for increased operating efficiency over similar unqualified products.

Do ENERGY STAR qualified products offer the same features as other products?

Yes, and more! ENERGY STAR qualified products are considered more advanced than similar products because they have the same features, options, performance and colors, but use less energy.

My refrigerator works fine, does it really make sense to replace it?

Refrigerators made before 1993 use more than twice the energy of a new ENERGY STAR-qualified model. On average, refrigerators manufactured before 1993 cost over $65 more per year to operate than new ENERGY STAR qualified models, while refrigerators manufactured before 1980 can cost about $200 more per year. Additionally, since refrigerant wears out and seals start to leak over time, older refrigerators don’t perform as well as newer ones. Use the ENERGY STAR Refrigerator Retire Savings Calculator to find out how yours stacks up.

How do I get rid of my old fridge?

First, unplug it right away and get that energy hog off the grid! Then make sure the refrigerants are disposed of properly and metals are recycled. Visit the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services for information on how to recycle your old appliances, such as refrigerators. Or, check out ENERGY STAR’s tips for recycling your old refrigerator.

Who is Savenia Labs?

Based in Bethesda, Savenia Labs is an independent testing laboratory that provides lab tested energy and environmental impact ratings on popular appliances. They produce information labels and ratings so individuals and businesses can choose energy-saving and environmentally-friendly alternatives while shopping.

What small appliances are rated by Savenia Labs?

Currently, Savenia Labs has rated microwaves, coffee makers, toaster ovens, dehumidifers, air conditioners, toasters, air purifiers, coffeemakers and more. They are in the process of testing new categories of products and those results will be on their website and in stores as soon as they’re available. They also are rating solar panels. View their website for their latest suite of ratings.

Is the amount of energy I can save by using more efficient small appliances really a big deal?

Yes. If every American who will buy a microwave this year switches from a less efficient unit to a more efficient unit, the energy saved can eliminate the need to build one coal fired power plant, which is a significant cause of air pollution. Collectively, we want to be using the most efficient appliances to achieve the same standard of service. Together, it truly does add up!

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