Going Green Saves you Green with New Appliances
- Measure. Make sure the space you’ve got for an appliance is big enough to fit it, including room to open the door or lid fully and appropriate clearance for ventilation.
- Compare performance. Decide which features are important to you, and ask about how various models operate: Are they noisy? What safety features do they have? What about repair histories? How much water do they use? Expert reviews might be helpful. Online reviews also can help you spot common complaints, but don’t put all your faith in any one review. Try searching for the company or product’s name with words like “review” or “complaint.”
- Look at the energy use. This is where the EnergyGuide label comes in handy. It lets you compare the energy use of similar models. The difference on your monthly utility bill can be significant, especially when considered over the life of an appliance, and might make up for a higher purchase price on a more efficient model.
- Ask about special energy efficiency offers. Ask your salesperson or local utility for information on cash rebates, low-interest loans, or other incentive programs in your area for energy-efficient product purchases and how to qualify