Learn how to choose the right energy-efficient appliances to help you conserve energy and save money.

If you're ready to upgrade to a new energy-efficient appliance, you have a lot of great options. We've put together this buying guide to help make sure you buy the right one for your specific needs.

General Tips

Ducts

  • If you are buying a new duct system, consider one that comes with insulation already installed.

Air Conditioning

  • When buying a new electric air conditioner or evaporative cooler, choose an ENERGY STAR certified model. Look for a unit with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER).
  • Check with your local electric utility for available rebates.

Home Office

  • When purchasing home office equipment, like computers, monitors, printers, scanners and fax machines, look for ENERGY STAR certified models. Energy STAR certified personal computers, monitors and printers power down during periods of inactivity, reducing energy costs.
  • Consider ENERGY STAR certified compact fluorescent lights. ENERGY STAR certified bulbs use about 70 to 90 percent less energy and produce about 70 percent less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs (energystar.gov).
  • Replace halogen torchiere lamps with fluorescent ENERGY STAR torchieres.
  • Check with your local electric utility regarding the availability of rebates and incentives for energy-efficient lighting.

Lighting

Check with your local electric utility regarding the availability of rebates and incentives for energy-efficient lighting.
  • Consider ENERGY STAR certified compact fluorescent lights. ENERGY STAR certified bulbs use about 70 to 90 percent less energy and produce about 70 percent less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs (energystar.gov).
  • Replace halogen torchiere lamps with fluorescent ENERGY STAR torchieres.

Refrigerators

  • When buying a new refrigerator, choose an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator.
  • Consumers can save as much as $260 over the next five years and reduce their carbon footprint by 7,900 pounds when replacing an old refrigerator with a new ENERGY STAR certified model (energystar.gov).
  • Check with your local electric utility provider about the availability of rebates and incentives for new, energy-efficient refrigerators. Some providers offer incentives for recycling older or second refrigerators. 
 
Actual savings obtained in each instance may vary and will depend on various factors, including geographic location, weather conditions, equipment installed, usage rates and so forth. Completing multiple energy-saving measures will not necessarily result in cumulative savings.