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ENERGY STAR CLOTHES WASHERS

Overview

The average American family washes almost 400 loads of laundry each year. It's a good thing families can cut their related energy costs by about a third - and the water costs by more than half - just by purchasing a clothes washer with the ENERGY STAR label.
  • Over the life of your new ENERGY STAR qualified washer, you'll save enough money in operating costs to pay for the matching dryer. With your water savings, you could fill three backyard swimming pools.
  • Is your washer over 10 years old? Replace it with a new ENERGY STAR qualified washer and you could save $135 each year on your utility bills. That's like getting your High Efficiency (HE) detergent free year round.

Buying Guidance

What else should I look for when buying a Clothes Washer?

Check the yellow EnergyGuide label.
This label helps you determine how much energy it takes to operate the model, compare the energy use of similar models, and estimate annual operating costs. Learn How to Use the EnergyGuide Label.

Think carefully about the size.
While a larger model will obviously hold more clothes, it will also use more energy. On the other hand, a model that's too small will require a lot more clothes washing. ENERGY STAR qualified models are also available in stackable and under-the-counter designs, which fit in smaller spaces.

Choose a dryer with a moisture sensor.
While ENERGY STAR does not label dryers, you can reduce your dryer's energy use by choosing a model with a moisture sensor. This feature automatically shuts off the machine when clothes are dry, which saves energy and reduces wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying.

Choose a model with a high Modified Energy Factor (MEF) and a low Water Factor (WF).
Modified Energy Factor (MEF) is a measure of energy efficiency that considers the energy used by the washer, the energy used to heat the water, and the energy used to run the dryer. The higher the MEF, the more energy efficient the clothes washer. Water Factor (WF) measures water efficiency in gallons of water consumed per cubic foot of capacity. The lower the WF, the more water efficient the clothes washer. Both MEF and WF are listed on the ENERGY STAR qualified product list.

ENERGY STAR DISHWASHERS

Overview

ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use advanced technology to get your dishes clean while using less water and energy.
  • Save loads of water- Do you have a dishwasher made before 1994? If so, you're paying an extra $40 a year on your utility bills compared to owning a new ENERGY STAR qualified model. Replace one of these old dishwashers with ENERGY STAR and save enough money to pay for dishwasher detergent all year.
  • Trim your utility bills- A dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle compared to owning a new ENERGY STAR qualified model. Replace one of these old dishwashers with ENERGY STAR and save enough water each week to wash 3 loads of laundry in an ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer.
  • Save the environment- Nearly 70 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by burning coal and natural gas, which releases greenhouse gasses and other air pollutants into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change and air quality problems. ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use less energy than conventional models, which helps reduce air pollution and combat global climate change. By reducing water consumption, ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers also help protect our lakes, streams, and oceans.

Buying Guidance

What else should I look for when buying a dishwasher?

Check the yellow EnergyGuide label.
The EnergyGuide label tells you how much energy it takes to operate a dishwasher. Use it to compare the energy use of similar models and estimate annual operating costs. Learn How to Use the EnergyGuide Label.

Choose the right size for your home.
Standard-capacity models hold more than eight place settings and six serving pieces, while compact-capacity models hold up to that amount. If you have to operate a compact model more frequently, over time you may use more energy than you would with a standard model.

Choose a dishwasher with several wash cycle options.
If your dishes are only slightly soiled, you can use a light or energy-saving wash cycle, which uses less water and operates for a shorter period of time.

ENERGY STAR FREEZERS

Overview

Improvements in insulation and compressors mean today's freezers consume much less energy than older models. Select an ENERGY STAR qualified freezer for maximum energy savings and the latest features.
  • Cut your utility bills.
    An ENERGY STAR qualified freezer uses 10% less energy than a new, non-ENERGY STAR qualified model.
  • The older the freezer, the higher your bills.
    If you purchased your freezer before 1993, it is costing you an extra $35 each year on your utility bills compared to a new ENERGY STAR qualified model. If you bought it in the 1980s, it's costing you an extra $70 each year.
  • Protect the environment.
    Nearly 70 percent of U.S. electricity is generated with coal and natural gas, which release greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. ENERGY STAR qualified freezers use less energy and help us reduce our impact on the environment.

Buying Guidance

What else should I look for when buying a freezer?

Ask for an ENERGY STAR model.
When buying a freezer from a retailer, request an ENERGY STAR qualified model to be sure it's energy efficient.

Check the yellow EnergyGuide label.
Use this label to determine the model's energy use, compare the energy use of similar models, and estimate annual operating costs.

Purchase an appropriately sized freezer.
Generally, the larger the freezer, the greater the energy consumption. Also, consider whether an upright or chest freezer better meets your needs. An upright freezer has a front-mounted door like a refrigerator and shelves that allow for easy organization. While a chest freezer typically requires more floor space, it's usually more energy efficient, since the door opens from the top and allows less cold air to escape.

Consider a manual defrost model.
Manual defrost freezers use half the energy of automatic defrost models, but must be defrosted periodically to achieve the energy savings. Don't allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.

ENERGY STAR REFRIGERATORS

Overview

Thanks to recent improvements in insulation and compressors, today's refrigerators use much less energy than older models. With an ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator, you can maximize your energy and dollar savings without sacrificing the features you want.
  • Slash your energy bills.
    ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators are required to use 20% less energy than models not labeled with the ENERGY STAR logo. Choose a new qualified model rather than a non-qualified model and cut your energy bills by $165 over the lifetime of your fridge.
  • Replace your old fridge for bigger savings.
    If you still have a fridge from the 1980s, replace it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model and save over $100 each year on your utility bills. Replace a fridge from the 1970s and save more than $200 each year!
  • Protect the environment.
    Nearly 70 percent of U.S. electricity is generated with coal and natural gas, which release greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. ENERGY STAR qualified freezers use less energy and help us reduce our impact on the environment.

Buying Guidance

What else should I look for when buying a refrigerator?

Ask for an ENERGY STAR model.
When buying a refrigerator, request an ENERGY STAR qualified model to ensure it is energy efficient.

Check the yellow EnergyGuide label.
Use this label to determine the model's energy use, compare the energy use of similar models, and estimate annual operating costs.

Consider buying a refrigerator with a top-mounted freezer.
Models with top-mounted freezers use 10–25% less energy than bottom-mount or side-by-side models.

Purchase an appropriately sized refrigerator.
Generally, the larger the refrigerator, the greater the energy consumption. The most energy-efficient models are typically 16–20 cubic feet.

Consider skipping the ice-maker and dispenser
Automatic ice-makers and through-the-door dispensers increase energy use by 14–20%. They also raise the purchase price by $75–250.

ENERGY STAR AUDIO/VIDEO

Overview

Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Home electronics that have earned the ENERGY STAR deliver exceptional features, while using less energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.
Energy Star Qualified DVD Products:
  • use as little as one quarter of the energy used by standard models, while they are off.
  • come with all the latest features, including progressive scan.
  • now include Blu-ray Disc players under the current ENERGY STAR specification.

Buying Guidance

What else should I look for when buying audio and video products?

In addition to energy performance, there are other important operating and convenience features to consider when shopping for Audio/Video (AV) products including home theater systems, DVD and Blu-ray Disc players, and audio amplifiers.
ENERGY STAR provides this information so you can select the best product for your individual needs. ENERGY STAR does not endorse any of the features mentioned below.
There are many features to choose from in today's AV products. Here's a look:

Combination Units.
Benefits of Combination Products -Combination products save space, simplify set-up, require fewer cables, are more portable, use fewer remotes, and usually consume less energy in standby mode than separate components.

Benefits of Standalone Products -Standalone products, i.e. separate components, often offer more features and versatility, are easier to repair or replace, and the price of buying standalone products could be less than buying a combination product.

Consider buying a refrigerator with a top-mounted freezer.
Models with top-mounted freezers use 10–25% less energy than bottom-mount or side-by-side models.

Blu-Ray, DVD, and other Disc Players
Blu-Ray Disc - Blu-ray Disc is the latest high-definition (HD) optical disc media format. Video content is stored on Blu-ray discs at up to 1920×1080 pixel resolution, and audio content is stored in one of several lossless digital audio formats. More information can be found on the Blu-ray Disc Association Web site at http://www.blu-raydisc.com/

DVD "Upconversion" - "Upscaling" or "upconverting" DVD players have the capability to convert Standard-definition (SD) video content from a DVD player for playback on a High-definition (HD) television. The conversion process does not add additional information to the video stream, so your DVD content will never truly be in high-definition, but it will allow DVD content to play back in full-screen on your HDTV and appear sharper and clearer than it would with a standard DVD player.

Multiple Format Capability - Many Blu-ray and DVD players also can playback discs encoded in other formats. For example, a Blu-ray disc player may also be able to function as a DVD player and a CD player. Likewise, your DVD player will often be able to play CDs. Most disc players can also play back recordable (R) or rewritable (RW) disc formats, such as DVD+R, DVD-R, CD-R, CD-RW, etc. Be sure to understand the format capability of your disc player.

ENERGY STAR DIGITAL CONVERTER BOXES

Overview

What is a Digital-to-Analog Converter Box?

A digital-to-analog (DTA) converter box is a device which converts digital television broadcast signals to analog signals. These boxes are currently being sold by a variety of retailers.

It is estimated that consumers will purchase as many as 22 million converter boxes, leading up to and immediately following the transition to all-digital broadcasting. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is currently administering a program to help consumers acquire converter boxes, which are expected to cost between $40 and $70, by providing up to two $40 coupons per household to offset the cost of up to two eligible boxes.

In the U.S. alone, depending on viewer behavior and product design, EPA estimates that conventional DTAs could consume more than 3 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) per year and cost Americans $270 million annually in additional electricity bills.

Why choose products that have earned the Government's ENERGY STAR?

Products that earn the ENERGY STAR must meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE). Saving energy prevents pollution, too! So, by choosing ENERGY STAR, you are helping to prevent global warming and promote cleaner air without sacrificing the product quality and performance you expect.
  • DTA converter boxes that have earned the ENERGY STAR consume no more than 8 watts in On Mode and 1 watt in Sleep Mode and automatically power down after 4 hours or less of user inactivity.
  • come with all the latest features, including progressive scan.
  • If all DTA converter boxes sold in the U.S. met the ENERGY STAR specification, over the lifetime of the products Americans could save approximately 13 billion kWh and $1 billion in energy costs - reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking more than 1 million cars off the road.
For more information on converter boxes visit http://www.dtv.gov/consumercorner.html

ENERGY STAR DISPLAYS

Overview

Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Home electronics that have earned the ENERGY STAR deliver exceptional features, while using less energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.

ENERGY STAR qualified displays (computer monitors, digital picture frames and professional signage) must meet stringent requirements in On, Sleep, and Off Modes. For small displays, the on mode power consumption limits are based on both viewable screen area and resolution. The on mode power consumption limits for large displays are based on viewable screen area alone. In general, larger, high resolution displays will have higher maximum on mode power consumption allowances than smaller, low resolution displays. In Sleep Mode, displays must consume 2 watts or less. In Off Mode, displays must consume 1 watt or less. On average, displays that have earned the ENERGY STAR are 20% more energy efficient than conventional options. If all displays sold in the US meet the ENERGY STAR requirement for displays, the energy savings would grow to about $1 billion each year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from nearly 1.5 million vehicles.

Ways to Conserve Energy

Enabling your display's power management features and turning it off at night not only saves energy, but also helps computer monitor equipment run cooler and last longer.

Businesses that use ENERGY STAR qualified, and power management-enabled office equipment may realize additional savings on air conditioning and maintenance.

If you purchase products that meet the new ENERGY STAR requirements (desktop computer, LCD monitor, and a multifunction device) for your home office, and enable the power management features on them, you can save up to $365 over the life of the products.

ENERGY STAR EXTERNAL POWER ADAPTERS

Overview



Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Home electronics that have earned the ENERGY STAR deliver exceptional features, while using less energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.

What is an external power adapter and why are they important?

External power adapters, also known as power supplies, are crucial to the operation of virtually all small electronic devices. They convert high voltage ac electricity from the wall outlet to the low voltage dc power used to power electronic products, like MP3 players, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), camcorders, digital cameras, laptops, and cordless and mobile phones.

It is estimated that as many as 2.7 billion power supplies are in use in the U.S. - that's about nine for every person!

ENERGY STAR qualified power adapters are?
  • on average, 30% more efficient than conventional models.
  • often lighter and smaller in size, which makes it easier for consumers to transport products like laptops.
Consumers are now able to purchase a growing variety of products that are packaged with ENERGY STAR qualified power adapters. Products with qualified adapters are identified with a special version of the ENERGY STAR label.

ENERGY STAR DISPLAYSENERGY STAR SET-TOP BOXES & CABLE BOXES

Overview

Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Home electronics that have earned the ENERGY STAR deliver exceptional features, while using less energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.

Ways to Conserve Energy

A Set-top box is a cable, satellite, Internet Protocol or other device whose primary function is to receive television signals from a specific source and deliver them to a consumer display and or recording device, such as a television or DVR.

ENERGY STAR qualified set-top boxes are at least 30 percent more efficient than conventional models.

If all set-top boxes sold in the U.S. met the ENERGY STAR specification, the savings in energy costs will grow to more than $2 billion each year and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by the equivalent of those from about 3 million vehicles.

What should you know about choosing ENERGY STAR qualified Set-top Boxes?

Most set-top boxes are given to consumers as part of their contract with a service provider, rather than sold independently at retail stores. So, when you are deciding on a cable or satellite service, be sure to ask the service provider for an ENERGY STAR qualified set-top box.

If you currently have cable or satellite service, check with your service provider to find out what, if any, upgrade options are available. ENERGY STAR Partners who provide cable and satellite services may be able to provide newly qualified boxes as part of your service.

ENERGY STAR TELEVISIONS

Overview

Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Home electronics that have earned the ENERGY STAR deliver exceptional features, while using less energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.

ENERGY STAR qualified televisions use about 40% less energy than standard units. You can find the ENERGY STAR on everything from standard TVs, to HD-ready TVs, to the largest flat-screen plasma TVs.

Buying Guidance

What else should I look for when buying a television?

In addition to energy performance, there are many other important operating and convenience features to consider when shopping for televisions

Plasma, LCD, and Flat-Screen Displays
Both plasma and LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) use different picture-generating technologies than the standard CRT, making them lightweight and super-thin in comparison. However, the term “flat screen” can be confusing because CRTs can also have flat screens.
  • Plasma TVs are known as “emissive” displays because the panel is actually self-lighting. Basically, the gas (plasma) causes the pixels to glow, which creates the TV image.
  • LCDs are known as “transmissive” displays because the light isn’t created by the liquid crystals themselves. Instead, a light source (bulb) behind the panel shines light through the display.
  • Flat Screen Display strictly refers to the flat surface of the TV screen. It does not necessarily refer to plasma TVs or thin, flat-paneled LCDs. Flat-screen CRT sets are available and are usually less expensive than other flat-screens such as plasma and LCDs, but tend to be more expensive than conventional CRT models. Flat-screen CRT TVs have reduced glare, but not necessarily the enhanced picture of a plasma or LCD display.
Comparing TV pictures?
Compare contrast ratios. Contrast ratio is a measure of color representation (how the color information appears against a dark background). The higher the number, the better the color representation.

Digital Televisions

Digital signals can transmit more information than analog signals. They can then be translated into more scan lines on your TV screen, which, in turn, create a higher-resolution picture. Digital televisions display a higher-resolution picture than most analog TVs and can take advantage of the picture improvements offered by progressive scan DVD players.

Digital televisions come in two subgroups, which are differentiated by sharpness of picture, usually described as “lines of resolution.”

Purchase an appropriately sized refrigerator.
Generally, the larger the refrigerator, the greater the energy consumption. The most energy-efficient models are typically 16–20 cubic feet.
  • Standard Digital TV (SDTV) - has 480 horizontal and 640 vertical lines, and will offer better picture quality and sound quality than a standard analog TV.
  • High-Definition TV (HDTV) - has at least 720p or 1080i horizontal scan lines (p for progressive scan and i for interlaced scan) and 1280p or 1920i vertical scan lines. HDTV sets have approximately six times the number of pixels as a standard CRT set. The pixels used for HDTV are also smaller than those of CRTs. The combination of more and smaller pixels means a TV capable of a much sharper picture.
What is progressive scan?

There are two ways that a TV picture can update itself to display moving images. One way is by using an interlaced signal and the second is by using a progressive scan signal. An interlaced signal, which is the method used by the standard analog screen, updates half of the scan lines (i.e. every other scan line) every 60th of a second. A progressive scan signal updates all of the scan lines every 60th of a second. So progressive scan technology creates a picture having a noticeably sharper image and less flicker.

What’s a pixel?

The term “pixel” is shorthand for “picture element”. A pixel is the smallest item of information displayed on a television screen. Think of pixels as the tiniest dots that the picture is made of.

Other Television Features

Projection TVs
Older model projection TVs use three small CRTs (one each for red, green and blue) that project an image onto the back of the screen. CRT models produce pictures that look best when viewed straight on, from a seated position, but the picture looks dimmer if you’re viewing from the side or standing up. However, models are now available in HDTV and LCD, which are thinner and have improved picture visibility.

Widescreen TVs Widescreen TVs have a larger aspect ratio than the standard TV. The aspect ratio refers to the relationship between the width of the picture and its height. The television industry uses 4:3 for most programming. In the 1950s, the film industry moved to a larger aspect ratio-16:9 (they wanted to offer something more than TV to get people out of their homes and into theaters). Widescreen TVs reflect the larger aspect ratio of the film industry. Some TV programs are now being broadcast in 16:9.

If you’re a movie buff, you might consider a widescreen TV. It allows for better DVD viewing because it displays the picture in its original format.

Picture In Picture (PIP)
The PIP feature allows you to simultaneously watch two TV programs on the same screen.
  • A single-tuner PIP -requires an alternate device with a tuner (e.g., a VCR or cable box) to display two programs.
  • Dual-tuner PIP includes a second tuner so that no outside source is needed to generate the second picture.
What’s Next?
ENERGY STAR has just added energy-efficiency guidelines for digital cable ready (DCR) televisions with a point of deployment (POD) slot. Basically, these TVs add the functions of a cable box to your television set by using a card that you can get from your local cable operator. ENERGY STAR qualified versions of these TVs are not yet available, but look for them in the future.
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