Are Energy Efficient Appliances Worth It?
Posted on 11/15/2022
If you are in the market for a new home appliance you have likely considered purchasing an energy-efficient model. You might be wondering though if these ENERGY STAR-rated appliances are worth the higher price tag they may have. Here is everything you need to know about energy-efficient appliances and the savings they offer.
Table of ContentsAppliance Energy-Efficiency Evolution? EnergyGuide vs. ENERGY STAR?Is It Worth It?
Appliance Energy-Efficiency Evolution
In 1992, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency launched ENERGY STAR as a way to work toward limiting greenhouse gas emissions and limiting energy consumption. The program was originally focused on computers, printers, and other electronics. Over the following decade, this program grew dramatically and now applies to tens of thousands of products on the market.
With the growing concerns of global warming and sustainability, appliance brands have continually taken strides to improve the energy efficiency of their products to meet ENERGY STAR standards and work toward a better future for our planet.
Did you know? Energy-efficient appliances can save a U.S. household up to $500 a year on utility bills.
EnergyGuide vs. ENERGY STAR
When shopping for appliances you will see two different things listed in some locations. EnergyGuides are listed on every appliance and ENERGY STAR ratings are only given to those appliances that meet specific standards. So, what do they each mean?
EnergyGuides are managed by the Federal Trade Commission and listed on most appliances. These guides provide an estimate of how much energy each appliance uses compared to the average appliance in its category and provide an estimate of annual operating costs.
ENERGY STAR logos and certifications are given to appliances that are recognized as highly efficient in operation. Choosing an appliance with an ENERGY STAR rating will often lower your electric bill.
ENERGY STAR vs Standard
Generally speaking, ENERGY STAR-certified appliance prices are comparable to standard models. However, they can save you money overall by limiting electricity consumption and water use. Here are some statics to help you compare each major appliance category.
ENERGY STAR-certified dishwashers use 12% less energy and 30% less water than standard models (ENERGY STAR).
Features like adjustable racks and quick wash cycles all lead to a more efficient dishwasher cycle. These are our top choices in energy-efficient dishwashers.
- Whirlpool Fingerprint Resistant Dishwasher with 3rd Rack & Large Capacity
- Maytag Top Control Dishwasher with Third Level Rack and Dual Power Filtration
Washers & Dryers
ENERGY STAR-certified washers use 20% less energy than standard models and certified dryers use 30% less. Choosing a laundry pair can offer even more energy efficiency. Many pairs are now built with AI that allows them to communicate and synchronize wash and dry cycles to minimize energy and water consumption.
Here are our top choices in energy-efficient washers and dryers:
- GE Profile 5.4 cu. ft. Capacity Washer with Smarter Wash Technology and FlexDispense™
- LG 2.4 cu. ft. Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Compact Front Load Washer with Built-In Intelligence
- GE Profile 7.8 cu. ft. Capacity Smart Front Load Gas Dryer with Steam & Sanitize Cycle
- Electrolux 8.0 cu. ft. Front Load Perfect Steam™ Electric Dryer with Balanced Dry™ & Instant Refresh ™
Refrigerator energy savings vary based on the type of refrigerator being used. In general, top-mounted freezer refrigerators are the most energy-efficient. ENERGY STAR-certified refrigerator models use about 20% less energy than standard models.
Maytag and Whirlpool both offer ENERGY STAR-certified refrigerators that make the top of our list. Our highest recommended French Door Refrigerators are:
- Maytag’s 33” French Door Refrigerator
- Whirlpool’s 36” French Door Refrigerator
Ovens, Ranges & Microwaves
Currently, there are no ENERGY STAR ratings for microwaves, ranges, or ovens. We suggest taking measures at home to limit your appliance's energy consumption by cleaning your appliance regularly, turning off your oven as soon as your food is finished cooking and using Wi-Fi-enabled appliances to alert you of extra steps you can take.
Is It Worth It?
So, are energy-efficient appliances worth it? Yes. Not only do these efficient models save you electricity costs and help to lower your water bill, but they also help to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and work toward a more sustainable future.
Ready to Upgrade?
Are you ready to make the move to more efficient appliances? Let the experts at Van Vreede’s help you find the most efficient refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer, or other appliance for your home.
We are proud to be locally owned and operated since 1951. Visit one of our appliance stores in Appleton, Green Bay, or Oshkosh today to work with one of our team members and browse appliances in person.
GE Profile 7.8 cu. ft. Capacity Smart Front Load Gas Dryer with Steam and Sanitize Cycle
Whirlpool Fingerprint Resistant Dishwasher with 3rd Rack & Large Capacity
LG Appliances 2.4 cu.ft. Smart wi-fi Enabled Compact Front Load Washer with Built-In Intelligence
Whirlpool 36-inch Wide French Door Refrigerator - 25 cu. ft.
Whirlpool Canada 36-inch Wide French Door Refrigerator in Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel - 25 cu. ft.