Understanding Appliance Energy Ratings

When shopping for new appliances, you may notice that many of them display the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help people save money and protect the environment through energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR label was introduced to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to make it easier for consumers to identify products that are energy efficient.

Energy Efficiency Requirements

In order for products to become ENERGY STAR certified, they need to meet energy efficiency requirements. The EPA develops these specifications based on a set of key principles, including energy savings, verified test results, energy consumption and performance and other factors.

There are several instances when the EPA will consider revisions to ENERGY STAR specifications. A change in federal efficiency standards can prompt revisions, as can product availability, quality or performance issues, or problems with test procedures. Advances in energy efficiency or technology can also prompt the revision of specifications.

As consumers become more likely to buy energy-efficient products, more brands are seeing the benefits of participating in the ENERGY STAR program. Now that consumers are aware of many products' impacts on the environment, they are looking to do their part to be efficient, which is not only a good way to help the environment but also a way to save on utility bills. ENERGY STAR products include not only appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines but also electronics and lighting. As technology advances and more products are developed to be energy efficient, it is likely that the label will be applied to even more items in the future.

The EnergyGuide Label

Along with looking for the ENERGY STAR label, people shopping for appliances can also look for the EnergyGuide label. The EnergyGuide label is a yellow tag that can be found attached to televisions and appliances. It provides information on how much energy an appliance uses and allows consumers to easily compare the energy use of similar products. The EnergyGuide label includes an estimate of the yearly cost for operating the product, an estimate of yearly electricity use, key product features, the product model, and the cost of operation compared to different models. If the product is ENERGY STAR certified, this will also be featured on the EnergyGuide label.

ENERGY STAR at Best Buy

Best Buy strives to be a good steward of the environment and a partner with the communities we serve. Offering sustainable products to our customers is one part of our sustainability strategy. In fact, the EPA recognized our partnership for the third year in a row and awarded Best Buy the 2016 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Partner of the Year. We also partner with utility groups to offer rebates on ENERGY STAR certified products. Find rebates for your appliances by using the Best Buy rebate finder.

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