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When it comes to shopping for and comparing energy-efficient appliances and home electronics, look for the EnergyGuide and ENERGY STAR® labels.

  • EnergyGuide Label - The Federal Trade Commission requires EnergyGuide labels on most home appliances (except for stove ranges and ovens), but not home electronics, such as computers, televisions, and home audio equipment. EnergyGuide labels provide an estimate of the product's energy consumption or energy efficiency. They also show the highest and lowest energy consumption or efficiency estimates of similar appliance models.

  • ENERGY STAR Label - The common blue label with the white star appears on appliances and home electronics that meet strict energy efficiency criteria established by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The ENERGY STAR labeling program includes most home electronics and appliances except for stove ranges and ovens.

One important thing to know is that even though a product is labeled ENERGY STAR there may be other models who use even less energy. The ENERGY STAR label guarantees that it uses less than a specific standard set for each appliance. Some models are as energy efficient as the standard, while other models are even more energy efficient. Do your homework and look at the EnergyGuide Label or research energy consumption on ENERGY STAR's website to compare models.

Read more about buying energy efficient appliances from Real Green at Green America. And remember to recycle your old appliance rather than just throwing it away.

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