Look for the bright yellow and black EnergyGuide label next time you are shopping for a new appliance. These panels show the estimated annual energy consumption and operating cost for each appliance so you can choose the most energy efficient option. go.usa.gov/3AGnx

How to Read the EnergyGuide Label

The EnergyGuide label is required to be placed on all appliances by the manufacturers. The label provides information about energy consumption, and shows you how much energy an appliance uses compared with similar models. Keep in mind that the numbers are averages: actual costs will differ somewhat depending on how you use them. The label shows the following:

  • Maker, model number, and size of the appliance.
  • Estimated yearly operating cost (based on the national average cost of electricity), and the range of operating costs for similar models.
  • The ENERGY STAR® logo indicates that this model meets strict criteria for energy efficiency.
  • Estimated yearly electricity consumption.
  • Key features of the appliance and the similar models that make up the cost comparison range.

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