Energy Saving Appliances and More Are Just a Click Away

If you are planning to replace a major appliance or heating and cooling equipment, you've probably searched newspaper ads looking for the best prices. Now, there are several other places to look that could save you hundreds of dollars more.

Consumers who want to know which products are the most energy efficient can quickly access and download lists of information on top-rated refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers, room and central air conditioners and heat pumps. Within the next several months, the best furnaces, boilers and water heaters will be added to the list.

When you buy a refrigerator, you are not only paying for the appliance, but also the operating cost for as long as you own it. Over the life of the appliance, the operating cost can be many times the original price of the equipment. For example, replacing a 15- year-old refrigerator with a top-rated new model will typically save $50 to $100 in electricity bills each year. Savings from an energy-efficient clothes washer could easily reach $750 to $1,200 during the washer's lifetime. The list contains 12 clothes washer models from 5 different manufacturers that could easily achieve these savings.

The Council's list of energy efficient products is compiled from directories and manufacturer's data. Only models that are widely distributed in the United States are reviewed for inclusion on the list. For a complete list of the "best of the best" of consumer appliances, visit the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy at

A second source, the Consumer Federation of America Foundation, provides information about the economic, environmental and health benefits of buying energy-efficient products for the home.

The web site gives tips on what to look for when purchasing new home appliances and heating and cooling equipment and provides answers to frequently asked questions about energy-efficient products.

The Federation Foundation site is located at Nearly all the products on these lists can be financed with 5 percent Dollar and Energy Saving Loans from the Energy Office.

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