Buying Appliances

Appliances account for about 20% of your household's energy consumption with refrigerators, clothes washers, and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list. 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. Refrigerators last an average of 13 years; room air conditioners and dishwashers, about 11 years each; clothes washers, about 9 years - so spending a little more up front can save you a lot down the road.

Companies like ARCA Inc., JACO Environmental, and CSG run recycling ‘bounty’ programs for the sustainable recycling of old appliances.
Household appliances, like all consumer goods, require energy and resources in their creation, operation, and disposal.
Look for the ENERGY STAR when purchasing a new TV, DVD Player, VCR, audio system, or digital-to-analog converter box.
The energy use of electronic equipment often goes unnoticed.
The major energy consideration is whether the dryer uses termination controls to sense dryness and turn off automatically.
When purchasing a new clothes washer, consider the following:
The more options you have, the better you can tailor the energy and water use needed for a particular load.
Refrigerators under 25 cubic feet should meet the needs of most households.
On average, convection ovens will cut energy use by about 20%.
The most common of stove isn't necessarily the most efficient.