Recently a reader from Lodi asked how to choose the best new appliances when remodeling. You mentioned a number of factors, such as price and warranty, that should be considered when buying a new appliance. Another aspect of an appliance that can affect its “real” cost is energy efficiency. The refrigerator, for example, is responsible for a large percentage of a home’s energy use; often significant savings can be achieved by selecting an efficient model.
To choose the most energy-efficient appliance, consumers can consult the yellow “Energy Guide” labels required by law. In addition, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy produces “The Most Energy-Efficient Appliances”, a booklet that lists the most efficient models of refrigerators, hot water heaters, and other appliances. It is available for $3.00 from: ACEEE, 1001 Connecticut Ave, Suite 535, Washington, DC,. 10023. With oil prices going up and home energy costs sure to follow, this is an especially timely publication.