Buying Energy Efficient Appliances and Electronics

To reduce the amount of energy used in your home, look for the Energy Star label when buying appliances, heating and cooling systems, electronics, and lighting for your home. In order to earn an Energy Star rating, products have to meet strict government standards for energy efficiency.

If just 10% of homes in the U.S. switched to Energy Star appliances, it could reduce greenhouse gases the equivalent of planting 2 million acres of trees. Learn more about saving energy in your home by visiting the U.S. Department of Energy website.


Did you know that your home can cause twice as much greenhouse gas emissions as a car? Some of the major culprits are your appliances, heating & cooling systems, and electronics. That’s why it’s more important than ever to purchase Energy Star appliances for your home.

An Energy Star appliance is designed to use 10%-50% less energy and water than standard appliances. Little changes like that add up, too. If just 10% of the homes in the U.S. were to switch to Energy Star appliances, it would be like planting nearly two million new acres of trees.

Now, unfortunately, just like so many other green efforts, it will cost more money for these appliances, so if an Energy Star is just too far out of your budget, at least consider energy efficient models. You can get some great tips for purchasing appliances from the U.S. Department of Energy’s web site.


  1. Hi, I just read an tip advice about why the dryer does not dry fast enough. The Feb 2009 issue of Danny Lipford tips.

    In the past, I had this problem. It would take two cycles… the problem turned out to be that the washer stopped wringing out the clothes enough. Replacing the washer solved the problem for the dryer which then allowed me to dry on one cycle. Lint is not always the answer. Then again I don’t live in some people’s houses.

    Thank You,

    Janet Irion


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