Smart Woman: Cutting Your Energy Bill


Thursday, December 16th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Energy Star is a voluntary partnership between the U-S Department of Energy, the U-S Environmental Protection Agency, product manufacturers, local utilities and retailers. The partners help promote efficient products by labeling them with the Energy Star logo and educating consumers about the benefits of energy efficient products.

Products:Energy labels are often very confusing for consumers. That’s one reason why the Energy Star label was started. It is an easy way for consumers to know they are purchasing a product that is energy efficient. Any manufacturer can obtain the Energy Star sticker by meeting certain criteria depending on the product.

Energy Star products use less energy, up to 75 per cent less than non-labeled products, ultimately saving you money on your utility bills and helping protect the environment. Energy Star products include household appliances, home electronics, office equipment,
heating and cooling equipment, windows, residential light fixtures and others.

Energy Star Appliances

Clothes Washers:
*Use 40% less water
*Use 50% less energy

Dishwasher
*exceeds minimum standards by at least 13%

Refrigerators
*20% more energy efficient

Cost:Most Energy Star labeled products, TV’s, VCR’s, computers and other office equipment, do not cost more. However, some products will cost more such as heating and cooling equipment. There is a savings on your utility bill though. It’s estimated that the average household can save up to $400 a year on their utility bills if they choose energy efficient appliances.

For more information, contact the Energy Star hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES or visit their website at http://www.energystar.gov.