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Many of us don’t realize that the cost of the appliances we buy doesn’t end after purchase.

The power consumed by these appliances will be reflected directly on our electricity bills every month. So next time you buy an electrical appliance you need to consider its energy efficiency.

Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S Department of Energy, helps people around the globe to consider the environment and save money by ensuring they only purchase energy efficient products.

According to Energy Star, an average home spends over US$2000 on energy usage per year and this figure will continue to increase if the appliance is not Energy Star certified.

In general, Energy Star appliances including dish washers, refrigerators and washing machines consume 10 to 50% less power compared to other appliances.

If an appliance is to be Energy Star certified, it has to pass a variety of tests and satisfy these requirements:

1.  Products must work efficiently and thus help save energy;
2.  Even with the increase in efficiency the product should meet the consumer’s requirements;
3.  If the certified product costs more than its counterpart, the consumer must be able to recover the investment through energy saving within a reasonable period of time; and
4.  Products can use non-patented technologies from more than one manufacturer to save power.

The following are power saving characteristics of some Energy Star certified appliances:

Refrigerators: Energy Star refrigerators will consume at least 25% less power than other standard refrigerators. Even if you are not thinking about the environment, saving about $200 per year by using Energy Star refrigerators is worth considering.

Dishwashers: Any Energy Star Dishwasher will consume 15% less power than its counterparts. You can further reduce the power used by buying a dishwasher which has multiple “wash-cycle” options. This feature not only saves power but water too.

Washing machine: Energy Star washing machines have a larger tub capacity compared to their competitors and this allows you to wash more clothes each time.

Manufacturers must display the test results and the average power consumed by their appliances along with the annual operating cost.

So look for the Energy Star label next time you go shopping.

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