from year to year, new home appliances have become more energy
efficient. The amount of energy it takes an air conditioner
or dishwasher to do its job today is a lot less than one that
was bought 10 years ago. This increase in efficiency is sometimes
so great that we can actually save money by replacing an older
appliance with a new one, even if the old one is still working
fine. The cost of the new appliance is more than made up by
the cost savings in the use of less energy.
of the reason for this increasing energy efficiency is the
National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 (NAECA),
which was adopted by the United States congress in 1987. As
part of this agreement, energy standards are continually set
to improve the energy efficiency of major appliances, especially
large energy use appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators,
and clothes dryers.
you go shopping for a new appliance, there may be a tremendous
difference in the energy efficiency between competing brands
and models. It is usually true that the more energy efficient
models do cost more, but again, you get the savings back by
using less energy.
Commission has an appliance labeling rule that requires appliance
manufacturers to put labels on many home appliances. A sample
of one of these labels is shown below:
the website http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/homes/applnces.htm
produced in cooperatation with the US Department of Energy
(see How to Buy below)
Star is a program run in association with the United States
Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
They label products, appliances, and homes that are especially