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If you’re planning to spend Black Friday trolling the stores and aisles for one-of-a-kind, life-changing deals, you’re not alone. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and some of the best-selling items are appliances.
If you have your mind set on anything from a space heater to a sleek, new dishwasher, here’s a shopping tip: look for the Energy Star label!
Energy Star is a program operated by the Department of Energy and the EPA that identifies energy efficient appliances. By purchasing them, you’ll significantly reduce the energy usage in your home, which will mean lower utility bills. (Bottom line: you’ll save money.) Plus, Energy Star appliances are good for the environment—if just one in ten homes used them, the greenhouse gas reduction would be equivalent to planting 1.7 million new trees! Your wallet and the environment win.
Here’s how to shop Energy Star:
1. You will find Energy Star appliances in most appliance outlets, electronics stores and local retailers. Dealers also sell Energy Star appliances online and in print catalogues. Shop around to find the best appliance for your needs.
2. If you’re in a store on Black Friday, look for the yellow-and-black EnergyGuide label displayed on most appliances. This label does not mean the appliance is an Energy Star appliance, but it does outline the annual energy consumption of the model, the energy efficiency rating and the range of estimated annual energy consumption. Compare and contrast EnergyGuide labels on appliances and consider both purchase price and estimated energy use when deciding which one to buy.
3. If an appliance also features the blue Energy Star logo, the appliance is significantly more energy efficient than the average comparable model, and is worth extra consideration. Even though the price tag may be higher, remember that the cost of owning an appliance has three components: the initial purchase price, the cost of maintenance and the cost to operate it. The lowest sales price isn’t always the cheapest in the long run!
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