The Energy Star label was
established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants
caused by the inefficient use of energy. The label makes it easy for
consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer
savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features and
A major household appliance, for example, must meet very strict energy efficiency guidelines to earn the Energy Star label. When you are looking to purchase appliances, look for the Energy Star rating as well as the energy guidelines. An appliance labeled “Energy-Efficient” may be low energy rated, but may not meet the standards to be an Energy Star product.
Energy guide ratings for appliances will show their typical usage in kilowatt hours per year. The lower the KW per year, the more cost efficient it is to run. Appliances with the Energy Star label are usually between 10 -20% more energy efficient than non-rated models. You will save money and contribute to a greener environment which is a major concern in today’s world.
Consumers should also note the CEE tier rating(Consortium for Energy Efficiency). Tier I, II, or III, where Tier III is the best efficiency rating), indicates that the appliance is even more energy efficient. The CEE rating complements the Energy Star rating. Please note that the CEE rating does not take the place of an Energy Star rating but is an additional feature to consider when purchasing your major household appliances such as washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. Also, it is important to note, a major appliance with the Energy Star label is not necessarily a better product than a comparable model. The Energy Star label refers to the energy efficiency of the product.