When you're shopping for appliances, think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase price -- think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. You'll
be paying on that second price tag every month with your utility bill for the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the appliance.
You can learn more at Energy Saver's Tips: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-shopping-appliances