First, you need to consider the purchase price of the appliance (think of this as a down payment). Next, you should think about how much the appliance will cost to operate the appliance over its lifetime (how much energy the appliance uses).
That second price is important because you’ll be paying for the appliance’s energy use for the next 10 to 20 years.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR-qualified products exceed the federal minimum standards for efficiency and quality.
- Carefully review the Energy Guide label on the appliance. The label provides information about how much energy an appliance uses compared to similar models.
- Once you choose your make and model, compare prices. Keep in mind, many retailers will match a lower price offered by competitors.
- Recycle or sell your old appliance. Ask the retailer if they’ll pick up your old appliance, or you can sell it yourself. Either option is better than the landfill!