Each year, ENERGY STAR ranks the most efficient appliances and general product that represent the leading edge in energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR states, “Product categories were selected and recognition criteria were established to ensure that products that receive this recognition demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational, or leading edge consistent with the interests of environmentally-motivated consumers and early adopters.” Simply put: to save more money on your monthly utility bills, check out the ENERGY STAR-rated appliances we’ve listed below.
If you need a new refrigerator that will save you money over the cost of ownership, check out the Frigidaire FGUI2149P. This appliance sells for $1,119 and only costs about $41 to operate annually. According to ENERGY STAR, its estimated lifetime operating cost is $492. Features include 21 cubic feet of storage space, plus a SpaceWise® Organization system, bright lighting and a reversible door. If you need more space in your refrigerator, check out the LG LFC25776. It has 25 cubic feet at your disposal, French doors and a smart cooling system. It starts at $1,799 and ENERGY STAR estimates that it will cost $48 to operate annually and $574 over the course of a lifetime.
If you’re in the market for a small, efficient clothes washer, consider the Miele W3037. It has a capacity of 1.98 cubic space, Touchtronic controls, a 24 hour delay start and much more. ENERGY STAR has calculated annual costs to operate at about $49-$55 and lifetime costs to operate around $543-$603. If you require a bigger machine for larger loads of laundry, consider the Samsung WF393B*PA, which has 3.9 cubic feet of capacity, a deep steam cycle and steam care option, and Samsung’s Vibration Reduction Technology (VRT)®. All this and a starting price of just $999! This large washer is also surprisingly inexpensive to operate, with annual costs estimated to be $85-$90, and lifetime costs around $931-$985.