When searching for a new home appliance, factors to consider often include price, cost, and appearance. Choosing an energy-efficient home appliance can save you hundreds of dollars on electricity bills each year.
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How is energy efficiency verified?
Despite what appliance manufacturers claim, the ENERGY STAR rating is the only government-backed standard. About 40% 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. ENERGY STAR certified homes are 10% more efficient than the standard home.
ENERGY STAR publishes its criteria annually and ranks appliances based on performance and energy efficiency. This guide will help you learn about the most energy-efficient appliances in 2022.
The top energy-efficient central air conditioners provide the most home comfort while using the least power. ENERGY STAR recommends replacing your air conditioner and heating system at the same time to ensure the systems perform at the rated efficiency. They also recommend regular maintenance to ensure your system works properly and to help avoid extra costs. AirEase and Amana brands made the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient list for 2022. The annual energy use for both series varies based on the model type.
ComfortNet System for an easy-to-use thermostat display and communication
Variable-speed compressor provides a quiet performance
ENERGY STAR labeled clothes washers use 25% less energy and 33% less water than regular washers. Making the switch from a standard washer can save customers about $370 on electricity bills. To save money and energy, ENERGY STAR recommends getting a front load washer, running full loads, and washing in cold water. The LG and Samsung brands ranked top of the 2022 Most Efficient list.
Can complete a full wash in 28 minutes with Super Speed Wash
Technology to auto-select a wash cycle and amount of detergent needed
Smartphone app for alerts, including stop and start times and scheduled cycles
ENERGY STAR certified dryers use about 30% less energy than other clothes dryers. Every dryer on the 2022 list is a heat pump dryer, meaning the system heats the air, removes moisture from clothes, and reuses the air. The upfront cost of a heat pump dryer may be more than standard electric clothes dryers, but the heat pump dryer will save money and energy over time. ENERGY STAR recommends choosing a model with a high Combined Energy Factor (CEF). The higher the CEF, the less energy is used, making the clothes dryer more energy efficient.
16 drying cycle options and five temperature levels
LCD screen and controls for simple use
ENERGY STAR labeled dehumidifiers perform the same as conventional dehumidifiers while using 15% less energy. The ENERGY STAR most efficient in 2022 includes both whole home and portable dehumidifiers. Whole home dehumidifiers control humidity throughout an entire house. Portable options are best for customers looking to control the moisture in one large area.
A total of 125 dishwashers made the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient list in 2022. ENERGY STAR recommends exploring standard-capacity models with many wash cycle options. For example, the auto-sensing cycle can determine the amount of water used during the wash. They also recommend using a dishwasher over hand washing because it saves energy, time, money, and water — more than 8,000 gallons of water a year. Find two of the top dishwashers on the 2022 Most Efficient list below.
Multiple insulation layers provide concealed heating
System automatically adjusts based on water and energy needs for each load
Gas furnace efficiency labels vary across the United States. The northern states need more heat and are labeled with the standard ENERGY STAR logo. The southern states receive the “U.S. South” ENERGY STAR logo. Furnaces in the north are 15% more energy efficient, while furnaces in the southern states are 11% more efficient than standard models. The energy-efficient models can save customers $30-$85 each year on energy bills.
ENERGY STAR requires furnaces to have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 97% or higher. The AFUE means the furnace can convert at least 97% of its fuel to usable heat. The Lennox Low Emissions and Sure Gas Furnaces are the best on the market, according to EPA standards.
When searching for a refrigerator, ENERGY STAR recommends 16-20 cubic feet models. They also suggest features to use the least amount of energy, such as top freezers and fewer doors. Refrigerators on the 2022 Most Efficient list must be 30% more efficient than federal requirements. The Blomberg and Beko brands made the top of the list for refrigerators.
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