The more energy efficient an appliance is the less it costs to run, resulting in lower utility bills. Know how to read an EnergyGuide Label.
When making a purchase, consider three things: purchase price, cost of repairs and maintenance, and cost to operate. The lowest price or the one with the best repair record does not necessarily mean it costs the least to operate.
The Federal Trade Commission’s Appliance Labeling Rule requires manufacturers to put EnergyGuide labels on most large appliances.
Look for labels secured outside or inside an appliance with information on:
- Capacity of the model
- Energy efficiency rating
- Rate of estimated annual energy consumption
- Energy efficiency ratings of comparable appliances
Learning how to read the EnergyGuide label helps you make the right comparisons on the energy use and costs of competing models. Consider both purchase price and estimated energy use when deciding which brand and model to buy.