Responsible for about 21% of a typical home’s energy usage, appliances consume more energy than you think. Learn how ENERGY STAR certified appliances use up to 50% less energy than standard models without losing any features or functionality.


On average, refrigerators make up about 8% of your home’s energy usage. ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators use about 15% less energy than non-certified models. When looking for a new model, consider a top-mounted freezer (uses about 10% to 25% less energy), a smaller refrigerator (ideally 16-20 cubic feet) and no ice maker and dispenser.

To save more energy:

  • Set your refrigerator between 35° and 38°F.
  • Set your freezer between 0° and 5°F.
  • Position your refrigerator in a cool location away from heat sources, such as an oven, furnace register or direct sunlight.
  • Make sure you provide a few inches of open space behind the refrigerator for air to circulate.

Clothes Washers

Water heating consumes about 90% of the energy used when washing clothes. ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers remove more water in the spin cycle, reducing the amount of time you need to run the dryer.

To save more energy:

  • Consider a front-loading washer. They use nearly 40% less water and 50% less energy than top-loading machines.
  • Change your washer settings from hot to warm. You’ll cut your energy use by 50%.
  • Switch to the cold water setting to save even more.


ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers wash your dishes more effectively and efficiently, saving water and energy with each cycle.

To save more energy:

  • Use the air-dry feature instead of the heated dry function.
  • Run your dishwasher unit only when full.


Larger and higher resolution televisions consume more energy. ENERGY STAR certified televisions use about 20% less energy than standard models—an ENERGY STAR certified 60+ inch models may even use up to 40% less energy than your current television.

To save more energy:

  • Reduce the brightness on your television to lower your energy usage by 18% to 30%.


Depending on usage, ENERGY STAR certified computers use about 30% to 65% less energy than standard computers.

To save the most energy:

  • Enable the ENERGY STAR power management features on your computer.

Additional Guidance and Tips

The tips below will save you even more money:

  • Pool pumps. Pool pumps consume lots of energy. Upgrading to an ENERGY STAR certified pool pump reduces pool pump energy usage by 30% to 72%.
  • Cable or satellite set-top boxes. Two set-top boxes use more energy than a new refrigerator. ENERGY STAR certified set-top boxes use about 45% less energy than standard models.
  • Home theater systems. ENERGY STAR certified audio / video electronics may save up to 60% in energy costs.
  • Power strips. Plug your electronics into a power strip with an on/off switch. That way, you’ll easily turn off all electronics when not in use.
  • Plugs and outlets. 5% of your average electricity bill consists of “turned off” electronics that continue to use energy when plugged in. Unplug electronics such as chargers and power adapters when they finish charging.


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