There are two parts to the cost of a new appliance: the purchase price, and the operating cost. Today, for example, energy-efficient refrigerators require about half as much energy as models manufactured before 1993.
Appliances account for about 20 percent of the average household's energy use.
Below is information about how to find top-rated appliances, and tips on energy-efficient food storage, cooking, and cleaning from trusted sources.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings: Condensed On-line Version
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Consumer's Guide, Appliances and Home Electronics
Energy Savers, Appliances
The Rocky Mountain Institute,
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Home Energy Brief #6, Cleaning Appliances
Home Energy Brief #7, Electronics
Home Energy Brief #8, Kitchen Appliances
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