Electrical Appliances

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  • ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are about 9 percent more energy efficient than models that meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard.
  • An estimated 190 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers are currently in use in the United States. More than 68 million refrigerators are over 10 years old, costing consumers $5.5 billion a year in energy costs. By properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can save more than $200 over the 12-year lifetime of the product.
  • ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators use less energy and help us reduce our impact on the environment. If all refrigerators sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to nearly $700 million each year and 9 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 870,000 vehicles.
  • Use the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator to find out exactly how much money you’ll save by replacing your existing refrigerator or removing a second refrigerator.
  • What should I consider when buying a refrigerator?


  • A standard-sized ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher costs about $35 per year, to run.
  • A new ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher will save, on average, 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime.
  • More than 60 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by burning coal and natural gas, which releases greenhouse gases and other air pollutants into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change and air quality problems. ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers use less energy than conventional models, helping reduce air pollution and protecting the climate. By reducing water consumption, ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers also help protect our lakes, streams, and oceans.
  • What should I consider when buying a dishwasher?


Clothes Washer

  • The average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry each year. ENERGY STAR can help families cut their related energy and water costs. ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers use about 25% less energy and 33% less water than regular washers. Over the lifetime of the product, models that have earned the ENERGY STAR can save $370 in energy costs. Save even more with an ENERGY STAR certified washer/dryer pair.
  • On average, a new ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 316 kWh of electricity and can save you about $35 a year on your utility bills compared to a standard model.
  • A full-sized ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 14 gallons of water per load, compared to the 20 gallons used by a standard machine. That’s a savings of more than 2,000 gallons of water, per year!!
  • It’s estimated that there are 74 million top-loading washers and 24 million front-loading washers – 26 million of which are at least 10 years old, still in use across the country. Washers that are approximately 10 years old are significantly less efficient than newer models. Together, these inefficient washers cost consumers about $4.7 billion each year in energy and water. If you have a standard clothes washer that is approximately 10 years old, it’s costing you, on average $185 a year.
  • If every clothes washer purchased in the U.S. was ENERGY STAR certified, we could save more than $3.3 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions, equal to the emissions from more than 1.8 million vehicles.
  • What else should I consider when buying a clothes washer?
  • Laundry Made Better Fact Sheet


Clothes Dryer

  • ENERGY STAR certified dryers use about 20 percent less energy than conventional models without sacrificing features or performance, saving $215 in energy costs over its lifetime. Models that have earned the ENERGY STAR use innovative energy saving technologies, such as moisture sensors that detect when clothes are dry and automatically shut the dryer off. They are available from brands including Electrolux, GE, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Whirlpool, and many more. Many ENERGY STAR certified dryers also include convenient features, such as steam cycles that can help save time on ironing clothes by preventing wrinkles.
  • About 80 percent of American homes have a clothes dryer, so the savings opportunity is huge. If all clothes dryers sold in the US were ENERGY STAR certified, Americans could save more than $1.5 billion each year in utility costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from more than 2 million vehicles.
  • Use sensor drying, not timed drying. Dryers that have earned the ENERGY STAR incorporate advanced moisture sensors to help reduce their energy use by automatically shutting off when clothes are dry.
  • Longer drying cycles on a low heat setting use less energy. When you purchase an ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryer, look in the informational materials shipped with the product for which cycle was tested for certification and how the dryer’s other cycles or settings may use more or less energy.
  • A full-size electric certified dryer saves $215 in energy bills over the life of the product. An ENERGY STAR certified washer/dryer pair will save even more energy and money while doing your laundry. Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR incorporate advanced technology and functionality to get significantly more water out of your clothes in its final spin cycle than a conventional model. This makes it easier for clothing to dry in an ENERGY STAR certified dryer using less heat. Less heat means energy savings and reduced wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying.
  • What else should I consider before buying a dryer?

Air Conditioner

  • ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners use 10 percent less energy and, on average, cost less than $75 per year to run.
  • Room air conditioners designated as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 use 25% and 35% less energy than conventional models and are significantly quieter because they have variable compressors. Depending on size, average savings range from 137 to 617 kWh/yr, with lifetime operating savings ranging from $153 to $687.
  • What else should I consider before buying a room air conditioner?

Air Purifier

  • Portable ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifiers are a relatively low-cost, easy way for customers to get immediate relief and save on average 72 kWh/year or $90 over their lifetime. By removing moisture, dehumidifiers help make homes less hospitable to allergens like mold, while also helping air conditioners work more efficiently.
  • ENERGY STAR certified room air purifiers are almost 27% more energy-efficient than standard models, saving consumers about 124 kWh/year and $16 annually on utility bills. These savings could add up to $144 over its lifetime!
  • What else should I consider before buying an air purifier?


  • A dehumidifier that has earned the ENERGY STAR label uses more efficient refrigeration coils, compressors, and fans to remove the same amount of moisture as a similarly-sized conventional unit but uses nearly 15 percent less energy. In fact, the annual energy saved by one of these models could power your ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator for nearly two months!
  • What else should I consider before buying a dehumidifier?

Energy Saving Tips!

  • The average household spends $1,300 each year on their energy bills. By choosing ENERGY STAR qualified products, you can cut this by 30%, saving about $400 each year! As heating and cooling systems, appliances, computers and other office equipment, windows lighting fixtures and consumer electronics no longer meet your needs, replace them with products bearing the ENERGY STAR label. These products use 10-50% less energy than a standard model and qualify for incentives from Pascoag Utility District!
  • LCD displays, battery chargers, remote controls and many other electrical goods keep on using electricity unless they are unplugged. At least 5% of electricity is consumed by appliances while they are switched off- so be sure to unplug them when not in use.
  • Choose electrical equipment that performs more than one task. A good example of this would be to buy a combined ENERGY STAR TV and DVD, instead of buying two separate machines.
  • Keep your microwave clean and you’ll be able to maximize its energy. This means less electricity used, less money spent, and less time cooking.
  • Your refrigerator uses more energy than pretty much any other appliance. Keep it at its optimum functioning temperature: 38-41°F for the fridge and 0-5°F for the freezer. Any lower and you’re wasting energy.
  • Look behind your fridge once in a while- vacuuming or wiping the condenser coils on the back will help reduce dust build-up and make your fridge function more efficiently.
  • Keep your refrigerator door gasket clean to make sure the seal isn’t broken by specks of dried food or congealed substances. Make sure you wipe around gaskets and seals regularly to help the door seal tight. To check to make sure your door is sealed tight place a one dollar bill in the door and close. If the dollar stays it indicates that the seal is tight and does not need to be replaced.
  • Make sure you defrost your refrigerator and freezer regularly to help keep them running most efficiently. If ice and debris build up, it takes more energy to keep it at the right temperature. Even auto-defrost fridges and freezers should be defrosted at the first sign of ice buildup.
  • Never put hot food or drinks into the fridge to cool as it will raise the internal fridge temperature and will use a lot of energy to bring it to the right temperature. Let it cool to room temperature naturally before putting it in the fridge.
  • To avoid wasting energy from your stove, match the size of the burner to the size of the bottom of the pan. This way you will use the minimum amount of energy to heat your food. You could save about $36 annually for an electric range or $18 for a gas range. Five percent of the energy bought and used per person in the United States is for preparing and cooking food. Over a year, this exceeds twice the energy a person in Africa uses to power everything in his or her life.
  • Try washing your laundry in cold or warm water instead of hot. Studies have shown that clothes get just as clean, and far less energy is used- up to 90% of the energy taken up with washing clothes is used to heat hot water.
  • If you choose a cold rinse cycle instead of rinsing with hot water, you’ll save electricity every time you wash.
  • It uses more energy to dry clothes than to wash them. Hang clothes on a wooden rack inside or on a clothes line outside whenever possible.
  • Clean the filter on your dryer every couple of loads to boost efficiency. It is also a good idea to scrub the lint screen of your dryer once a month with hot water and soap to get rid of the build up from lint and dryer sheets. This will help minimize your chances of having a dryer fire.
  • Instead of wasting energy by using your dishwasher’s drying cycle, simply open the door after the rinse cycle and let the dishes air dry instead.

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