Buying a new appliance? There’s a cert for that.

Are you an Energy Star?

Did you know that there are Energy Star certifications for more than 38 common household appliances? Well, now you know so the next time you are thinking about buying something new, make sure you are checking for those Energy Star certifications.

Below are just a few of the products in your home that could be Energy Star certified. Which ones do you need to replace?

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Energy Star Appliance

Air purifiers

Energy Star air purifiers are 60% more energy-efficient than standard models, saving about 500 kWh/year and $60/year on utility bills.

Clothes dryers

Energy Star dryers use 20% less energy than standard models – they do so by utilizing energy-saving techniques such as moisture sensors that can tell when clothes and dry and will turn off the dryer.

Clothes dryers are the #1 household appliance for the biggest energy consumption. If all the dryers in the U.S were Energy Star certified it would save Americans $1.5 billion/year in utility costs and prevent greenhouse gas emission equivalent to more than 2 million vehicles.

Clothes washers

Energy Star clothes washers use about 25% less energy and 33% less water than standard washers – they do so by utilizing energy-saving technologies, such as high-pressure spraying instead of soaking in a huge tub of water. Over their lifetime, they can save $370 in energy costs.


Energy Star dehumidifiers use 15% less energy than a standard dehumidifier by using efficient refrigeration coils, compressors, and fans. The annual energy saved could run an Energy Star refrigerator for nearly two months.


Energy Star dishwashers use advanced energy saving technology, such as soil sensors, better water filtration, more efficient jets, and innovative dish rack designs to reduce energy and water consumption. Energy Star dishwashers cost about $35 per year to run.


Energy Star freezers are at least 10% more efficient than standard models. Improvements in insulation and compressors mean today’s freezers consume much less energy than older models. Over 17 million freezers in the US are more than 10 years old, costing consumers $1.3 billion.


Energy Star refrigerators are about 9% more efficient than other models, thanks to insulation and compressor improvements. More than 68 million refrigerators are over 10 years old, costing consumers $5.5 billion annually.

Ceiling fans

Energy Star ceiling fans are 60% more efficient that standard fan/light units through use of improved motors and blade designs.

Energy Star ceiling fans with lights can save you $175 in energy costs over the fan’s 10-year lifetime.

Light fixtures

Energy Star light fixtures use about 90% less energy than models with traditional incandescent bulbs and last 15 times longer.

Decorative Light Strings

Energy Star light strings use 75% less energy than standard incandescent light strings and can last up to 10x longer.

Light bulbs

Energy Star light bulbs use about 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, last 15 times longer and save you about $55 in electricity costs over its lifetime. They also produce about 70-90% less heat, so they’re safer to operate.


Computers that achieve the Energy Sate label use 25-40% less energy.

Pool pumps

By getting an Energy Start certified pool pump you can save up to $2,800 in their lifetime, it will pay itself off in <2 years and run quieter as well as prolong the life of the pool’s filter system.


The average household own 24 electronics (Consumer Electronics Association) and take about 12% of the household electricity use. Energy Star certified equipment is up to %50 more efficient than the standard models. Energy Star equipment includes: home-theater-in-a-box systems, soundbars, MP3 speaker docks, audio amplifiers, AV receivers, shelf systems, DVD players and more.

If every TV, DVD and home theatre system bought in the U.S. was Energy Star certified, we could save about $150 million and prevent about 2 billion lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions/year.

Set-top boxes and cable boxes

Energy Star certified set-top boxes (STB) are about 25% more efficient than traditional models and if all STB met these requirements, we could save $580 million each year in this country.


Energy Star certified cordless phones, answering machines and combination units use about 40% less energy than standard models. If residential phones sold in the US were Energy Star certified, $100 million would be saved.


Energy Star TVs are more than 25% more energy efficient than standard TVs.