Home Appliances: Take an ENERGY STAR Turn

Shopping for new appliances? Look for the ENERGY STAR® label. They cost less to operate than standard models.


Household appliances account for nearly 30% of total home energy use. Upgrading to new, high-efficiency models can really cut your energy costs. When you're out shopping, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR models include advanced design features so that they use less energy while still providing the same level of performance.

High-efficiency refrigerators keep things cool

Refrigerators use a lot of energy and ENERGY STAR qualified models are 20% more efficient than new standard units.

A number of advanced technologies mean high-efficiency models use less energy, including improved insulation and heat transfer surfaces and more precise temperature and defrost mechanisms. Better insulation allows the compressor to run less often, so it produces less heat.

Air Purifier

Air purifiers, or cleaners, remove dust, pollen, and other fine particles from indoor air, improving air quality for your family. Standard room air purifiers can use more energy that most refrigerators when operated continuously. ENERGY STAR® certified air purifiers are 25% more energy efficient than standard models and can save consumers more than $120 over the lifetime of the product. If you need to replace your old air purifier, or buy your first one, make sure you cash in on a $50 rebate from Appalachian Power!

Efficient clothes washers reduce your energy load

The average household washes about 300 loads of laundry each year. ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washers use about 30% less energy and half the amount of water used by regular washers. Consider front-loading machines; they use considerably less energy than conventional top loaders. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible, and apply the lowest setting to match the load.