With the high cost of electricity and the ever increasing cost of consumer products, everyone is looking for ways to keep a little extra change in their pockets.  The average U.S. home uses $1,300 - $1,900 in energy on household appliances.  By simply switching to Energy Star® rated appliances you can save on average 30% and put $400- 600 back in your wallet.

Energy Star® appliances use 10 – 50% less water and energy than standard models. In fact, for every federal dollar spent on the Energy Star® program, a $60 savings in energy goes to the homeowner.

Large appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, washer and dryers can have a big impact on your utility bill.  Upgrading or replacing these appliances with Energy Star® rated appliances will help you save money over time.  Although the Energy Star® models are a little more expensive initially, the savings of water, sewer and utility bills will more than make up the difference over a period of time.  Don’t forget about these other products that also carry the Energy Star® tag and can help reduce costs, freezers, stoves, computers, hot water heaters, door, windows, light fixtures and light bulbs.

As of 2008, appliances need to meet minimum savings requirements to qualify for the Energy Star® logo. Dishwashers are required to have at least a 41% savings and refrigerators need at least a 20% savings.

As of 2006, the EPA estimates the savings in energy costs to be $14 billion and about 12% of new housing in the U.S. is using Energy Star® appliances.

The effects of just one home out of every ten changing to Energy Star® rated appliances would have the same effect on greenhouse gases as planting 1.7 million new acres of trees! Going green not only will help your pocketbook, it will also help the environment we all live in. By lowering energy and water usage we will have less air pollution from power plants and less wasted water. These factors alone will progressively help to clean the world we live in.

You have the power to choose, and now that you know the seal to look for when choosing or replacing appliances you’ll start saving money and putting a little extra green back in your pockets.