Shopping For a Home Appliance?
Is it the right color? Right size? How does it stack up in terms of energy efficiency? Those are some top questions for anyone shopping for a home appliance. EnergyGuide labels, created by the Federal Trade Commission, are one key source of information. They show an appliance’s estimated annual energy use, energy cost and key features.
Some refrigerators and clothes washers are sporting new EnergyGuide labels, which reflect updated testing procedures. If you shop in stores or online, you’ll see both the new labels — those with bright yellow numbers — and the original labels, which feature black numbers. Before you compare the features of different models, check the labels. When you compare yellow-to-yellow or black-to-black, you’ll know you’re evaluating models tested with the same energy efficiency measures and getting an accurate “apples-to-apples” comparison.
Here are examples of the labels.