Table of ContentsHow is energy efficiency verified? Dishwashers: Dehumidifiers: Furnaces: Air Conditioners: Refrigerators:
When searching for the right home appliances, homeowners often consider factors such as price, cost and physical appearance. Sometimes energy consumers find energy efficient products are the most appealing.
Choosing an energy efficient appliance for your home can lead to hundreds of dollars saved per year – as well as great energy performance. The most energy efficient appliances on the market today can pay their price in a matter of a few years.
How is energy efficiency verified?
Many appliance manufacturers claim their products are energy efficient, but the ENERGY STAR rating is the only government-backed standard for energy efficiency. More than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to verify the energy efficiency of products. A product can only become ENERGY STAR certified when it passes EPA energy efficiency ratings provided. ENERGY STAR certified homes are 10% more efficient on average in comparison to the average home.
ENERGY STAR publishes its criteria annually and ranks appliances based on efficiency. Out of all the appliance brands available on the market, only a few earn ENERGY STAR’s highest marks. The rankings vary from category to category; for example, a brand that might have energy efficient air conditioners might offer inefficient refrigerators. The topic rankings are earned strictly based on performance and energy efficiency.
Checking if appliances have the ENERGY STAR symbol is a good way to know if the appliance is energy efficient or not. Some of the most energy efficient appliances include:
From 2019, the EPA has improved its standard for dishwashers, especially the minimum cleaning performance standard. ENERGY STAR’s most efficient list of dishwashers in 2020 includes 8 brands. Miele is the most dominant brand within dishwashers, with more than 30 EPA approved dishwashers on the market. Their G 6880 SCVi model’s annual energy use is 199 kWh/yr and the water use is 3.2 gallons per cycle.
Currently, there are 11 dehumidifier models and 4 ENERGY STAR approved brands. The two main factors driving the energy efficiency for dehumidifiers are portability and the capacity to dehumidify the entire home. The Frigidaire FAD504DWD is the best dehumidifier on the market – this dehumidifier can cover up to 1,400 square feet and is extremely portable.
The AirEase A97USMV is the best furnace on the market today, according to EPA standards. The annual energy use for this furnace is 299 kWh, more than 20 percent less than the average furnace on the market. Its efficiency is also illustrated by its power generating capacity. It can convert 97 percent of its fuel to usable heat. With this efficiency, it automatically adjusts to the external weather to keep the heat in the house consistent.
The top 3 energy efficient air conditioners are all developed by Midea. According to the EPA, the Midea MAW12V1QWT is the most energy efficient air conditioner on the market. The annual energy use for this model is 600 kWh. It also has a 12,000 BTU/hr cooling capacity, allowing it to quickly cool any room in the home. It’s U-shape design allows for easy installation and it is one of the quietest air conditioners available.
For standard refrigerators, Beko and Bloomberg offer the best energy efficient refrigerators. The Beko BFBF2412WH model has an annual energy use of 294 kWh and the Bloomberg BRFB1044WH also has an annual energy use of 294 kWh. These models have the same capacity and total volume. A buyer may prefer one over the other based on specific features, but these refrigerators are more energy efficient than others on the market based on EPA criteria.