Energy Star Appliance Sales Surge

According to a leading monitor of sales, Energy Star TM energy-efficient appliance sales increased 31 percent in the first nine months of 2000 over the same period last year.  Sales of the energy-miserly dishwashers, air conditioners and washing machines posted gains.  The sale of refrigerators declined marginally.

To earn the Energy Star TM label, appliances must use energy more efficiently than the average appliance.  Those bearing the Energy Star TM label rank in the top echelon of energy efficiency in the product category, using energy between 13 and 40 percent more efficiently.

The purchase of most Energy Star TM refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers and clothes washers can be financed with a low-interest Dollar and Energy Saving Loan.

Retail sales of Energy Star TM dishwashers and air conditioners soared by 66 percent compared to 1999.  Washing machine sales increased 11 percent over the same period. 

Typically, Energy Star TM appliances command premium prices.  However, in spite of the higher prices, the study indicates consumers are shopping for energy efficiency. 

Prices of Non-Energy Star vs. Energy Star TM Appliances
Category  Average Price of 
Non-Energy Star TM 
Average Price of 
Energy Star
Energy Star TM 
Price Premium
Dishwashers $376 $404 7 %
Air Conditioners $257 $279 9 %
Washing Machines $379 $869 129 %
Refrigerators $650 $1,118 72 %

More details on the sales and price differentials can be found at  Dishwashers, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators that have earned the Energy Star TM label and can be financed with Dollar and Energy Saving Loans, are listed at

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