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The ENERGY STAR logo appears on major appliances such as refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers, and air conditioners; on light bulbs and light fixtures; and on many other products. 
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Buy Efficient Stuff

When your old lights and appliances need to be replaced, ask your parents to buy energy-efficient models. The ENERGY STAR® logo identifies super-efficient products that let you save energy and help the environment. For example:

  • ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use one-third the energy of a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Over its lifetime, each ENERGY STAR light bulb can save your family an average of $30 or more in energy costs and prevent the release of 450 pounds of greenhouse gases from a power plant.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators and freezers use about half the energy used by those built before 1993. Replacing a refrigerator bought before 1993 with a new Energy Star-qualified model can save your family more than $270 over the next five years.
  • New ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers clean your clothes with 25% less energy and 33% less water than regular washers. An ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and dryer together can save a household more than $370 over the lifetime of the pair. (Source:

EnergyGuide Labels

Yellow and black EnergyGuide labels show the cost to run each appliance per year. The lower the dollar figure on an EnergyGuide label, the more efficient the appliance and the less it costs to run.

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