Appliances can have two different labels that tell you about their potential energy usage: an Energy Guide label and an ENERGY STAR label. They're often combined but have their own individual meanings. Knowing how to read them can help you shop smarter and save money. 

An Energy Guide Label with a washer in the background.

WHAT IS AN ENERGY GUIDE LABEL?

Manufacturers are required to put an Energy Guide label on their appliances that details how much energy they use, compared to similar models, and how much you can expect to pay to run them. The Energy Guide label is always yellow, located on or inside the appliance, and shouldn't be hard to find.

ENERGY GUIDE LABEL INFORMATION

Use this label to understand and compare an appliance’s energy usage and cost.

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  1. Appliance Category
    The type of appliance and its classification, which can be defined by capacity or distinguishing features. When comparing appliances, this information should match.

  2. Appliance Identifiers
    The appliance's make, model and size help you verify the correct label.

  3. Estimated Yearly Cost
    What it might cost to run the appliance for the entire year with an electric hot water heater. Look for where this price lands within the range of similar appliances.

  4. Estimated Yearly Energy Use
    The estimated amount of energy used by this appliance in a year. The higher this number, the more expensive it will be to run.

  5. Alternate Estimated Yearly Cost
    For people with natural gas hot water heaters, this is how much it might cost to run the appliance for a year.

  6. ENERGY STAR Certification
    An ENERGY STAR logo means this appliance uses less energy than standard models.

ENERGY GUIDE LABEL INFORMATION

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An Energy Star Label with a washer in the background.

WHAT IS AN ENERGY STAR LABEL?

An ENERGY STAR label indicates that an appliance has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as energy efficient, and that it meets certain criteria designed to help protect the environment and save you money in utility bills. For instance, an ENERGY STAR certified washer uses about 25% less energy and 33% less water than a standard model.1

 

While browsing in the store, look for the blue ENERGY STAR sticker (pictured above) on appliances, or find it on the lower right corner of the Energy Guide label.

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