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Energy Star: The Easiest Way to Save $700 a Year

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Brian
08.19.14

You might not realize it from their logo, but Energy Star kicks ass.

Get this: In one year, Energy Star helped Americans save nearly $18 billion on their utility bills. That’s some next-level altruism! So, how much can they save you? Good question.

I did some digging and found out money-saving deets for five of the most commonly bought Energy Star products. Here they are:

Energy Star Fridge: $99 per year

It’s super easy to get a specific estimate for your fridge using Energy Star’s calculator tool. Just tell them the type/age of your fridge and your state’s electricity price, and they’ll then tell you how much you’ll save.

My fridge was from the early 90s (like Vanilla Ice), so I’d save $99 a year. Cha-ching!

Single-Pane Window: $126-$465 per year

It turns out that old, inefficient windows are basically wind tunnels that empty your wallet like some kind of draft-gremlin. That’s the bad news. The good news? You can make bank by replacing them with a modern Energy Star alternative, because your utilities will drop, and you’ll get a tax credit.

The exact amount you’ll save varies quite a bit depending on location, so check out the details for your area with this chart.

Washing Machine: Up to $110 a year

Washing machines kind of sucked at their job 20 years ago. And by sucked at their job, I mean they sucked at conserving water and energy. So, if you’re still rocking a pre-1994 machine, you’ll save $110 a year when you switch to a modern Energy Star.

Dishwasher: $25 per year

Not the biggest dollar savings, true. But if you’re still using an old dishwasher, my bet is that it doesn’t hold very many dishes and it’s maybe not-so-stylish. If you’re ready for an upgrade anyway, make it Energy Star so you can save a little something-something each year. (By the way, $25 will buy you this. Or this.)

I won’t try to twist your arm or anything, but this Fisher & Paykel Integrated DishDrawer is pretty sweet, and they have an option where you can pay it off over the course of 12 months without paying any interest. (Just saying!)

Central AC: 20% off energy used for cooling

Since cooling needs vary so much from climate to climate, it’s tough to put an exact dollar amount on AC savings, but there’s no denying this can make a big difference. If your central A/C unit is more than 10 years old, you can take a big bite out of your cooling costs when you upgrade.

If you live in a moderate climate, this may not be a huge money-saver. But if you’re pumping AC straight through the summer months, think about switching!

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