Energy-Efficient Appliances: Guide & Benefits | Energy Upgrade California
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Energy-Efficient Appliances

You can make a difference in your home’s energy efficiency by choosing the right appliances. When you invest in ENERGY STAR® products, you’re making a choice to save energy, save money, reduce carbon emissions and help save the planet. It’s no small thing.

ENERGY STAR® products are independently certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label next time you’re shopping for new appliances. Every appliance comes with two price tags: the purchase price and the cost of operating the product. ENERGY STAR®–certified appliances help consumers save money on operating costs by reducing energy use without compromising on performance.

Washing Machines

On average, California families wash about 300 loads of laundry each year. When it comes time to replace your washing machine, look for ENERGY STAR®–certified energy-efficient models, which can use about 20% less energy and 35% less water than regular washers. They also have a greater tub capacity, which means you can do fewer loads to tackle the same amount of laundry. And remember: washing with cold water will further reduce your energy use.


During the past decade, dishwasher technology has improved dramatically. Replace older models with an ENERGY STAR®–certified energy-efficient dishwasher and you’ll save enough money to pay for a year’s worth of dishwasher detergent.

Refrigerators and Freezers

Today’s ENERGY STAR®–certified energy-efficient refrigerators and freezers use much less energy than older models while still offering lots of modern features. This is due to recent improvements in insulation and compressors. By properly recycling your old fridge and replacing it with an ENERGY STAR®–certified model, you can save $150 to $1,100 on energy costs over its lifetime.

Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers

ENERGY STAR®–certified room air purifiers are 40% more energy efficient than standard models, saving consumers about $25 annually on energy service costs. An ENERGY STAR®–certified dehumidifier removes the same amount of moisture as a comparable conventional unit but uses 15% less energy.