27 Apr 2013 ENERGY STAR Appliances
In the average U.S. home, appliances like clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and ovens are responsible for approximately 20 percent of your total energy bill. The average American spends about $2,200 on energy bills every year, but ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50 percent less energy and water than standard models and can save a significant amount of money annually.
The ENERGY STAR program is a government initiative that offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions, making it easy to save money while protecting the environment for future generations.
ENERGY STAR appliances are significantly more energy-efficient than standard models. With ENERGY STAR products, consumers are making the energy-efficient choice without sacrificing features, style or comfort. In order for appliances to earn an ENERGY STAR rating, they must meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Although energy-efficient models like ENERGY STAR sometimes cost more to purchase initially, any extra up-front cost can often be made up with savings on a utility bill. One helpful way to figure out if buying an ENERGY STAR appliance makes sense is to think of two price tags.
The first price tag is the purchase price at the store when you buy the appliance. The second price tag is the cost to operate the appliance over its lifetime. You pay to operate the appliance every month for as long as you own the appliance. You might be surprised to see how much it can cost to own an appliance that seems like a “good deal” up front.
Zero interest loans for energy-efficiency home improvements, like replacing old appliances with ENERGY SMART appliances, are available to Conway Corporation customers through its Energy Smart program. To find out more about the loan program, contact Conway Corporation at 501.450.6000 or visit conwaycorp.com and click on the Energy Smart quick link.