Consumption and Conservation

Is it possible to compare the energy efficiency of different brands of appliances?

In 1980, the Federal Trade Commission’s Appliance Labeling Rule became effective. It requires EnergyGuide labels be placed on all new refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, dishwashers, clothes washers, room air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, and boilers. The bright yellow labels with black lettering identify energy consumption and operating cost for each of the various household appliances. EnergyGuide labels show the estimated yearly electricity consumption to operate the product along with a scale of comparison among similar products. The comparison scale shows the least and most energy used by comparable models.


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